So i completly rebuilt my pump and am completly confident in the work i put into it. I spend alota time researching and noting things for this rebuild. But one question... Ive got the packing down finger tight and the shaft just feels a bit tight to me is that normal??? How freely should the shaft spin?? I dont have any grease on the main berring as of yet, but i just wanna make sure its not suppsed to be excessivly tight.. I put tape over the mating surface for the impeller and drove through the new packing with a rubber mallet. I guarantee the packing is whats making it tight... The shaft was a bitch to get through that.
WIll that packing eventually "break in" and allow the shaft to spin a bit more freely?