I have a Johnson 175 HP carburetted 25" shaft manufactured 05/04. I have 199 hours on the motor.
I dropped the gearcase to replace the waterpump and find there is quite a bit of play in the driveshaft. If I were to hold it forward and move it to the rear, I am guessing 1/2" of movement. Pulling it up, I see about 0.030" movement. I am unfamiliar with OB lowers, and need to know if this is normal? This is the first time the lower has been off. I have replaced the gearcase lube every season, once at the beginning and again roughly towards the latter part, usually around the end of July.
I would have thought lowers would last longer than this.
Is there a reputable Johnson specialist in Anchorage that could turn this around quickly if it is bad?