I managed to get the transmission out today... what a biaaaatch that was. I am black and blue. The existing transmission has an oil cooler but its only $30 for a new one so I'm going to order that with the transmission instead of using the old one.
This unit had the transmission seals
professionally replaced back in November. However, because I know that I probably used the engine
about 20 hours with no fluid in it, IMO, its toast.
Now for the issue. The transmission was so far in the bilge
of the boat I needed a come-along to raise the engine up about 10 inches so could remove the transmission. I could barely reach the transmission top in its normal position, which means I could never reach the bottom.
When I took it out I noticed the drain plug
was loose. Hm. In other words, the drain was never properly tightened and now I am out a $1700 transmission. I'm weighing my options and approach right now but I do not think I am unreasonable to expect some compensation.
What do you guys think?