Originally Posted by A1an
Did you find out what was keeping it in place?
I have a set of axe head wedges for this very job, they spread the load evenly and don't damage the delicate alloy.
Take a look at the splines on the end of the drive shaft where it locates in the end of the crank, make sure the splines are ok, are they dry of grease?
I've just had the same thing with a Mariner 60 and both parts of the splines were dry as a nuns chuff, they two had pretty much become one. I got my hands on a bore camera to check the splines on the end of the crankshaft and all is good.
It was just the studs holding against the alloy! Surprisingly tightly !
I am 99% sure it was not the shaft as while prying the two parts apart there was no flex between the two and it was solid at the studs, if that makes sense,
The splines on the shaft look good and are dry am I right in thinking that I should not grease these??