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I have a 2012 35 Gator tail. Is the zerk fitting on this suppose to have a ball? Dude at hardware store sold me without one, said that not all zerks have a ball. Installed it today, greased it up, and as expected, grease was coming out of the port hole.

I need to know if the original zerk was one with a ball because it may be in the shaft. Thanks


Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:16 pm
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Post Re: Zerk fitting
Every one I've seen in that application has a ball check zerk. Need to keep water out of prop shaft tube. I would grease tube then remove zerk and install a 1/4 20 set screw in its place sealed with a good waterproof sealent.


Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:36 pm
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Yes it should have a ball. The ball on your old one should not have been able to get to the shaft, there is a spring behind it that keeps it pushed out to seal it off. It popped out to the outside. Just get a new one with a ball and you will be fine.


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Thank you


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jc wrote:
Yes it should have a ball. The ball on your old one should not have been able to get to the shaft, there is a spring behind it that keeps it pushed out to seal it off. It popped out to the outside. Just get a new one with a ball and you will be fine.


Well on IAW, MM indicated that a bike needle was used to poke the ball on the original zerk...not a smart idea. http://www.iawaterfowlers.com/74746/que ... ail-owners With that being said, that spring an ball may be in the shaft and you may have a ticking time bomb on your hands. I would pull the shaft and find that sucker before it ends up in your bearings. Get a big pipe wrench and follow this thread: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=64353

Put in a new zerk with ball once done.

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Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:30 am
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Thats not good. If it were mine I would pull it apart and clean it out just to be safe.


Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:01 pm
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