First off, I did some searching and besides alot of threads on "..my boat is filling with water, why?" and some thread about a world record jet boat jump I couldn't find a thread that had some tips on removing the old packing from a jet w/o disassembling it.
I've had my jet for 2 years and aside from checking impeller clearances when it was apart, I am unaware of the condition of the packing. When it's in the water it'll drip slightly (as I've read is correct) but anytime the motor is running or I'm under power it has two distinct streams of water coming from the packing at the shaft. I can fill the bildge with a lap around the lake. I did a 1/4 turn on both nuts the last time I was out but it doesn't seem to make a difference. I could try another 1/4 turn, for a full 1/2, but won't know results until May at the earliest being most of the MI lakes are frozen.
Keeping the above in mind, I'm more apt to just replacing the packing with a fresh set and calling it a day. So, what are your tricks for digging the old packing out without disassembling the entire thing? The pump is a JC-A. I think I read that the packing retainer splits into two pieces after you remove the two bolt assemblies? How about getting all the old pieces out? Fish Hook? A special tool? A small grapling hook?
Thanks in advance!