Gimbal ring and transom plate for a merc/ bravo III
since I have never seen a transom assembly out of a boat, I am searching on line for pictures of the components to understand better where my leak is coming from. From what I seen on line, the out side gimbal ring is really nothing more than that-I'm guessing there is some sort of outer seal on that and will look at my manual.
The inner transom plate is a little more confusing looking at the holes in the plate. From the top down, I see a pretty large rectangular hole that I recognize as where the steering arm goes into so I'm good there. That's about as much of that plate you can see with the plate in the boat with the motor. Next down I see what appear to be 3 holes- these are for what I assume from right to left as the speedometer, then the water tube from the foot. I'm not sure what the third hole on the very left would be for.
Below that I see a large rectangular hole which I thought would have been for the drive shaft from the out drive- below that there is a round hole which I guess is for the exhaust. If the rectangular hole is for the drive shaft, where in the transom asy. does the bearing actually mount? Below that the pictures I see they have 3 small holes kind of centered which I don't know what they do, perhaps part of the mounting to the gimbal ring...and then a hole off to the left for the shift cable to go through.....from what I see from my leak, water is coming in from around where the water tube comes in- or perhaps I have a cracked transom plate? The leak is much worse than when I started, I had a heck of a time getting the bearing out with a slide hammer....I hope that is not a case of I had a crack that was leaking before and now I really made it worse......that's why I'm looking for the relationship of where that bearing sits to the inner transom ring...