Id just like to know what he's on about. A missing bearing? A rusted bearing?
Manno....um.... I guess it wasn't as obvious as I thought....let me try again...
Upon inspection of a grinding noise in the lower gear unit of my Native Slayer Propel 13 that is slightly over 1 year old....and looking at the diagram for comparison of the parts - it appears that the cartridge seal, that sits just ahead of the spindle seat lock on the propeller side may have leaked water into the lower unit exposing the smaller/first bearing (6800-2RS) on the spindle to water,
This may have caused the failure of this smaller bearing as this bearing on my unit was completely disintegrated except for the inner ring of the bearing which was still attached to the spindle. Both larger bearings that attach to the prop gear appear to be unaffected. At first it did appear as though my unit was not installed with this smaller bearing. But upon further diagnosis and evidence I came to the conclusion that water and rust had allowed for the disintegration of the bearing and although I had not noted until complete bearing failure any pedaling resistance change - once the bearing began to break apart - these parts created a "grinding" noise that has been attributed on this forum to a number of things - from lack of grease maintenance to gears striped.
In my case I have cleaned the entire unit, ordered and replaced all three bearings, re-installed the lower gear unit, and ensured all locks are tight. So that others may benefit I uploaded the diagram along with posting this information to help other forum users.
My reason for posting is -
To understand if anyone incurred a similar issue on their propel units or am I the only Native owner that has incurred this issue?
If they have - Did they repair or replace the lower gear unit to resolve the problem?
Replacement cost can vary. The complete lower gear unit is $169 from Native. Bearing prices (which I provide the models needed) online varied from $1 to $16 each. This solution may help others to save money.
Based on what I am reporting - has anyone inspected their lower unit by disassembling the lower unit parts and comparing to diagram to determine if they have a unknown problem pending which can lead to a break down on the water or worse.
Does that help you understand the posting and purpose of the information?