Mercury Tracker 25EL Lower Unit Removal
If you’re a newcomer to servicing outboards, one of the first things you should learn how to do is remove the lower unit.
Knowing how to remove an outboard’s lower unit is often necessary to repair and/or replace parts such as the water pump impeller, which is something that should be done at least once a year.
Watch the video above and follow the steps below to learn how to remove the gearcase on a Mercury Tracker 25EL.
NOTE: We removed the gearcase on a Mercury Tracker 25EL, but the method is the same or similar for most makes and models of outboard motor.
NOTE: The method for removing the Tracker 25 Mercury outboard lower unit is the same or similar for any make or model of outboard.
Tools Needed - Mercury Tracker 25 Lower Unit Removal
- Ratchet and sockets
- Flat-blade screwdriver
How to Remove the Gearcase/Lower Unit From an Outboard
Step 1. Remove the top cowling.
Step 2. Remove the two bolts holding the starter and the wire leading to the starter solenoid, followed by the starter itself.
Step 3. Pry the retaining clip off the shift shaft retaining pin with a flat-blade screwdriver and remove the pin.
Step 4. Support the lower unit to prevent it from suddenly dropping, then remove the four 16mm lower unit mounting bolts.
Step 5. Carefully slide the lower unit away from the outboard — being careful not to damage the drive shaft or the shift shaft — and you’re done.
So now that you have the lower unit removed on your Mercury Tracker 25 outboard, what next? As mentioned before, one of the repairs that can be done by removing the lower unit is replacing a water pump impeller, or simply repairing the water pump altogether.
Watch the video above to see how to repair the water pump on a Mercury Tracker 25 outboard.