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Posted at 7:56 PM on May 13, 2010
So last week I changed out my engine oil using my new Pella oil extractor. I got to thinking about changing the fluids in my V-Drive and transmission. First, what kind of fluid should I use? Second, how do you change the fluid and does it help if it's warm (like engine oil). One last thing, I bought some grease for the "linkages" at the v-drive, rudder and throttle cable (as they seemed a bit dry) and lubed em up. Anywhere else I need to be using this stuff on? Thanks...
Posted at 8:15 PM on May 13, 2010
You can change the vdrive and trans without warming them up. The vdrive takes 30w non-detergent motor oil and the trans takes Dexron III automatic trans fluid. Before you suck out each one, make a note as to the level on the dipsticks as this is your reference point to refill back to since you cant acurately check them on land. They have to be checked on the water with them at operating temperature and the boat off, and at rest. A good teflon type lube is great for all around the boat anywhere things have to move smoothly. There is also a grease fitting on the rudder inside the boat and some steering racks have a grease fitting as wel,l as do some steering cables at the rear near the rudder. Hope this helps.
Posted at 9:22 PM on May 13, 2010
Thanks for the quick reply. I assume the way to drain them will be through the dipstick? Or is there a drain plug somewhere? I read else where that they recommend "flushing" out the transmission fluid by filling it and draining several times. Is this really necessary?
Posted at 9:49 AM on May 14, 2010
Yes suck them out through the dipstick hole. Flushing isnt needed that I am aware of. Never have flushed mine. Just change every 50hrs.
 
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