As an owner of two Volvo
D1-30Bs, with saildrives, I have had an issue where the clutch
disk packs slip and fail to engage, leading to a complete loss of power and manueverability. Apparently this is a common problem, as I have encountered other Volvo
sail drive owners with identical issues
Recently, Volvo issued a service
bulletin on this recommending that owers switch out the oil
in these sail drives FROM ATF (automatic transmission
fluid) TO SAE 15W40 motor oil
I plan to do this at the earliest opportunity, having already paid for an expensive repair of one of the clutch
disk packs (they are sold by Volvo in a standard service
pack, shrink-wrapped in a single
package, making it easy to get the right set of plates, discs, and seals)
Please contact your Volvo dealer for more information.
Suggestions as to how anyone got Volvo to address this under warranty are also welcome.