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Date Posted: - Monday - 09/10/18 - 3:46pm
Author: Randall (Hilton)
Subject: wheel removal

I'm looking to remove the wheel on a M31 and wondering if the nut on the wheel shaft just unscrews (counterclockwise ?) to then remove the wheel? I plan on installing a CPT auto pilot. I have tried a bit of force already to unscrew it but before I mess anything up to badly I thought I would inquire from people who are more knowledgeable than me. Thanks for any info you can give me.

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[> Edson Steering Wheel nut -- Bruce, - Monday - 09/10/18 - 9:03pm

Hello,
Most Mariner 31's had an Edson Steering mechanism. If yours has not been changed, the nut should just unscrew. There is a key in there as well to keep the wheel from spinning on the spindle. The old nuts were bronze, as is the one on my Mariner 31 #95. Mine screws clockwise.

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[> [> wheel removal -- Randall, - Tuesday - 09/11/18 - 12:28pm

Thanks Bruce,
It feels very tight. Hopefully I can loosen it with something like PB blaster. Possibly heating it up to break it loose?

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[> [> [> Wheel Nut -- Bruce, - Wednesday - 09/12/18 - 2:44pm

Hi Randall,
I will check mine this evening and verify direction of thread and report back tomorrow. PB Blaster is the bomb, but hold off until I verify the thread direction for you.
Cheers. If you email me your mobile number to gitanovela@gmail.com I will text you photos.

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[> [> [> [> wheel removal -- Randall (Hilton), - Wednesday - 09/19/18 - 2:46pm

Thanks Bruce. Yes, clock-wise on. Got it off, just needed a little soak and a tad more torque. =D

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[> [> [> [> [> Lock Tight -- Bruce, - Tuesday - 09/25/18 - 8:46pm

Good news! I use lock tight on the nut so that it does not come loose. I used it sparingly and kept it away from the keyway. The nut kept loosening while underway, so the lock tight now prevents that from happening.

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