What general maintenance should I be considering for a PSS Shaft Seal that is working perfectly well with no apparent issues?

Answer: Given the quality of the PSS Shaft Seal this is what we would expect where very little maintenance is generally necessary. Typically the carbon and stainless steel sealing components will not need replaced where we see many commercial vessels recording over 40,000 engine hours on original components. That said, we do recommend the rubber bellow component be replaced in 6 year intervals as precautionary maintenance kit for this replacement which includes the rubber bellow and all necessary hardware.

Can I re-use my set screws when making an adjustment or removing the PSS Shaft Seal?

Answer: The PSS Shaft Seal set screws are intended for single use, where flattening of the cupped point will reduce its holding power if re-used. We use four cupped point set screws per seal, there are two double stacked screws in each hole of the stainless steel rotor and the screws on the shaft should be replaced if making any seal adjustments or if removing the seal to do other work on the boat.

PSS Set Screws new and used

I’m hearing a high pitched "squealing" sound that seem to be coming from the shaft seal, what should I do?

Answer: The first step is obviously determining the sound is in fact coming from the shaft seal and if so, it’s most likely a result of the shaft seal running dry and you will want to correct the plumbing to the seal. Fortunately the PSS Shaft Seal uses high quality carbon and stainless steel sealing components that will not melt as a result of water loss as you see with many other available sealing options.

Does the PSS Shaft Seal have a "break-in" period?

Answer: On average, the PSS Shaft Seal requires approximately one hour of break-in time, which allows the carbon flange to polish the mating face of the stainless steel rotor. During the break-in period you may experience a very fine mist, sometimes associated with a black dust coming from the PSS. Under normal conditions, this will stop after an average of one hour running time.

It appears my shaft seal is leaking at rest, what can I do?

Answer: If the PSS Shaft Seal is leaking at rest it is likely that some foreign material is on the face of the seal between the stainless steel rotor and carbon flange. To clean this material from the seal, carefully insert a clean rag between the sealing faces and work the rag around the seal. As you do this, the incoming water will flush the sealing faces and the leak should stop once the rag is removed and the sealing faces are back in contact.

My seal is beyond the one hour break in period, does not leak at rest, but continues to mist during operation?

Answer: In most cases a PSS Shaft Seal that does not leak at rest but only underway and or at high RPM is due to compression. Note the compression guide in the installation instructions are average figures and provided as a guide, where the exact amounts may vary from boat to boat. If the seal continues to spray underway following the break-in period you will want to verify the seal has been properly compressed. If so, add additional compression in 1/8" to 1/4" increments until the spray or mist stops.

I have a slow speed boat that will never exceed 12 knots under power, do I need positive water feed to my PSS Shaft Seal?

Answer: In most cases a slow speed boat that does not have a bearing the shaft log does not require positive water feed and can simply be "vented". Ideally the vent line will be run at least 2-3 feet above the water line and is close to the center line as possible to ensure the vent hose is never below the water line, even if the boat heels. Review the PSS Shaft Seal Installation Instructions for more details on venting the seal.

I have a high speed boat that will exceed 12 knots under power, do I need positive water feed to my PSS Shaft Seal?

Answer: Yes, for high speed vessels it is required that a positive water supply be plumbed to the PSS Shaft Seal for the purpose of lubricating and cooling the seal faces. There are many sources of water supply, review the PSS Shaft Seal Installation Instructions for more information and note all plumbing must follow the standards and practices of proper boat plumbing.

What should the compression be for my PSS Shaft Seal?

Answer: The chart below lists the overall compressed length of the PSS Shaft Seal.

Overall compressed length of PSS Shaft Seal
Shaft Ø Stern Tube Ø Approx. Compressed Length
3/4", 7/8", 1", 1-1/8" 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 2", 2-1/4" 6.00" - 6.125"
3/4", 7/8", 1", 1-1/8" 2-1/2" 6.625"
1-1/4", 1-3/8" 1-3/4", 2", 2-1/4", 2-1/2" 6.625" - 6.75"
1-1/4", 1-3/8" 2-3/4", 3", 3-1/4", 3-1/2" 8.125" - 8.313"
1-1/2", 9/16", 1-3/4", 2" 2", 2-1/4", 2-1/2", 2-3/4", 3", 3-1/4", 3-1/2" 8.00" - 8.218"
1-1/2", 9/16", 1-3/4", 2" 3-3/4", 4" 8.405"
2-1/4", 2-1/2" 3-1/4", 3-1/2", 3-3/4", 4" 8.625"
2-1/4", 2-1/2" 4-1/4", 4-1/2", 4-3/4", 5" 9.25"
2-3/4", 3" 4-1/4", 4-1/2", 4-3/4", 5" 9.125" - 9.313"
2-3/4", 3" 5-1/4", 5-1/2", 5-3/4", 6" 9.25" - 9.438"
3-1/4", 3-1/2", 3-5/8", 3-3/4" 4-1/2", 4-3/4", 5", 5-1/4", 5-1/2", 5-3/4", 6" 9.675" - 9.863"
4", 4-1/4" 5-1/2", 5-3/4", 6", 6-1/4", 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7" 12.189"
4-1/2" 5-1/2", 5-3/4", 6", 6-1/4", 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7" 12.189"
4-3/4", 5", 5-1/2" 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 7-1/4", 7-1/2", 7-3/4", 8", 8-5/8" 12.420" - 12.742"
6" 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 7-1/4", 7-1/2", 7-3/4", 8", 8-5/8" 12.920" - 13.250"
Shaft Ø Stern Tube Ø Approx. Compressed Length
20mm, 22mm, 25mm, 28mm, 30mm 30mm, 40mm, 45mm, 50mm, 60mm 152mm - 156mm
20mm, 22mm, 25mm, 28mm, 30mm 65mm 168mm
32mm, 35mm 45mm, 50mm, 60mm, 65mm 168mm - 172mm
38mm, 40mm, 45mm, 50mm, 55mm 50mm, 60mm, 65mm, 70mm, 75mm, 80mm, 85mm, 90mm 203mm - 209mm
38mm, 40mm, 45mm, 50mm, 55mm 95mm, 100mm 213mm
60mm, 65mm 85mm, 90mm, 95mm, 100mm 219mm - 224mm
60mm, 65mm 110mm, 115mm, 120mm, 125mm 235mm
70mm, 75mm, 80mm 100mm, 110mm, 115mm, 120mm, 125mm 231mm - 237mm
70mm, 75mm, 80mm 135mm, 140mm, 145mm, 150mm 235mm - 240mm
85mm, 90mm, 95mm 115mm, 120mm, 125mm, 130mm, 135mm, 140mm, 145mm, 150mm 245mm - 250mm
100mm, 105mm, 110mm 140mm, 145mm, 150mm, 160mm, 165mm, 170mm, 180mm 310mm
115mm 140mm, 145mm, 150mm, 160mm, 165mm, 170mm, 180mm 310mm
120mm, 130mm, 140mm 165mm, 170mm, 180mm, 185mm, 190mm, 195mm, 205mm, 220mm 315mm - 324mm
150mm 165mm, 170mm, 180mm, 185mm, 190mm, 195mm, 205mm, 220mm 328mm - 337mm