After much procrastination (I was busy, the weather was crap, etc.) I knuckled down and serviced the Tohatsu 9.8hp 2 stroke. Successfully it would appear, but I need a bit of advice/help.
Basically, the thrust washer behind the prop is seized in position on the prop shaft. It's a light little engine so I haven't exactly gone at it with hammers yet, pending advice. Any pointers for freeing it and removing it? I don't have much in the way of fancy bench kit and I'm a mechanical novice. Generic pic of hardware below.
While we're down there (
) I found that the castle nut on the prop was loose. On refitting it appears that to actually "tighten" it leaves it covering the hole for the pin so probably unwise to force it any further. I left it loose in the event. Is this accepted practice?
Thanks in advance.