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Old    Patrick F (lakepirate)      Join Date: May 2007       07-27-2009, 12:52 PM Reply   
...yesterday. I was out at a local lake, ran the boat for a couple hours (no wake boarding, just putted around the lake most of the day), boat ran great all day, but as I was waiting in the marina for my truck, noticed the red v drive light was on. What's most likely the cause of this?

BTW, I have an '05 Wakesetter with a Walter V drive.

Thanks alot!
Old    wakemania (wakemania)      Join Date: Sep 2008       07-27-2009, 12:57 PM Reply   
Check the fluid level to be sure that is OK.
Old    Cody (loudontn)      Join Date: Feb 2005       07-27-2009, 12:57 PM Reply   
Was it on at a stand still? If so, this is normal. If it's on while you're over 1200 RPM's (I think) then you need to check your v-drive oil.
Old    Eubanks (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       07-27-2009, 1:14 PM Reply   
Yep, have the same boat and not an issue at all. The light always comes out in idle. I wish the dealer would have told us though because it freaked me out the first time!
Old    Alan Slabaugh (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       07-27-2009, 1:15 PM Reply   
The red V-Drive light should always be on when idling.
Old    Richard (nauty)      Join Date: Feb 2004       07-27-2009, 1:46 PM Reply   
In most boats this light comes on when you are under 1000 rpms. If you are above 1000 rpms and the light comes on then you have something to worry about. Check your owners manual; it should cover this.
Old    Sanford (puamana)      Join Date: Sep 2008       07-27-2009, 1:47 PM Reply   
As a reminder, if the V-drive requires fluid, it must me non-dergent oil only!
Old    Tailgate (tailgate)      Join Date: Apr 2007       07-28-2009, 7:06 AM Reply   
So a question on the oil, my v-drive takes SAE 30 Non Detergent, but this seems to be the hardest stuff to find... Only place I found it was Napa and it was their house brand...

What is everyone else using? Sorry for the hijack
Old    Cody (loudontn)      Join Date: Feb 2005       07-28-2009, 7:32 AM Reply   
Not sure about your particular v-drive unit, but my '05 24SSV uses Penzoil HD-30, which is basically what lawn mowers use and is readily available most places.
Old    Chris (rio_sanger)      Join Date: Apr 2007       07-28-2009, 8:18 AM Reply   
My Walter V-Drive manual says nothing about non detergent.
Been running straight 30w in it for ten years without a problem.


And yes, the red light should be on below 1200 rpm

(Message edited by rio_sanger on July 28, 2009)
Old    Bill K (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-28-2009, 8:32 AM Reply   
No problem with Napa's house brand. It's Valvoline.
Old    Flux (flux)      Join Date: Jun 2003       07-28-2009, 8:34 AM Reply   
Cough.....Owner's Manual.....Cough.
Old    Tailgate (tailgate)      Join Date: Apr 2007       07-28-2009, 8:47 AM Reply   
I got conflicting stories from my owners manuals (Moomba and Walters), one said ND SAE 30, the other was Penzoil HD-30...
Old    tige rider (mtnsmith)      Join Date: Jul 2006       07-28-2009, 9:06 AM Reply   
My walter manual says non-detergent, it says it on the dipstick too.
Old    Chris (rio_sanger)      Join Date: Apr 2007       07-28-2009, 9:12 AM Reply   
SAE 30wHD ~ guess even Walter can't make up his mind

http://www.pearson424.org/manuals/VDrive/pages/Page04_jpg.htm

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