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V Drive replacement

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I have water in the oil of the v drive unit. I have replaced 4 times. It only holds a quart. Last fall the boat was partially sunk, but all repairs were made, dealer replaced all oil/fluid. Transmission oil and engine oil is fine. Obvioulsy the v drive is water cooled. My insurance company is going to pay for a new v drive. The questions is I am 7 hours away from a dealer, and was wondering if this unit can be replaced by me with moderate mechanical ability and no special tools, or does anyone know another reason water is getting into the v drive unit? Seal or bearing?

I have been using it and replacing the oil every two days of use, to get me by the summer.

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I have removed a Walters V drive unit. They are quite heavy but can be removed by hand. I haven't had to remove a Hurth Ski Vee unit unit yet. I don't believe there is that much difference in removing one vs the other. I my opinion your most difficult task getting the back seat out of the way to facilitate removal. Which unit do you have?

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If you have enough clearance in your garage a come along and a good strong beam (or a couple 2x8s ) will make it a lot easier on your back and should be easier to line up putting back in.

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Sorry for the delay.........No need to remove the driveshaft if all you are doing is replacing the V-drive unit. But this is an excellent time to service you stuffing box while the V-drive is out. So I would take advantage and do this.

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