We were just about to leave the dock
yesterday to start heading south, but forward gear
would not engage. Reverse would.
We tried manually moving the lever on the transmission
to the furthest forward position with no joy.
I had just replaced the transmission
fluid (which was a cloudy murky brown/purple color.) I thought I may have overfilled it, so I tried flushing
the fluid out a few more times and making sure that it was at the right level. This seemed (maybe pure luck) to help, in that I could engage forward gear
. But, if I rapidly accelerate while in forward gear it doesn't engage properly and slips - with the propshaft jerkily turning perhaps 1rpm. If I gradually increase throttle it works and does not appear to slip.
I've decided to try and remove the transmission (Hurth ZF 10 M, on a Universal 25 XPB - both 2008 models) and bring it for service
(or get a new/reconditioned one.)
I'm wondering if anyone has any tips / basic instructions for how to remove the transmission?
I'm also concerned after reading Hurth / ZF M15A Transmission Failures
and hearing from the boat two slips up from me who are on their 5th transmission. I believe I am correctly propped (could reach 2900rpm with the prop engaged) and it looks like my shifter cable is working correctly (although I need to make a closer inspection
of that to ensure that it is perfect.) The transmission only had 150 hours on it, I don't want to repair it or get a new one, only to find that it also breaks after 150 hours.