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Old 27-12-2007, 12:03   #1
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tranny question

does anyone know what the best way to check the condition of a transmition? I have a 1984 c&c landfall 42 with a westerbeke 58 and not even sure what the tranny is. I have had the boat now for 2 years and have had no problems with the running of the engine or tranny eg. no leaks or over heating or going thru oil, but i know that these are the originals and dont know of any rebuilds. is the best way to remove it and get it rebuilt to be sure? any help would be great cheers
the issue is im planning on taking the boat on some longer trips with the family and would like to know that it is good running condition
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Old 27-12-2007, 12:17   #2
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most likely a Hurth HBW250. Good solid unit. No real way to look in them.
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Old 27-12-2007, 12:51   #3
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I would make certain you've followed the trans fluid maintenance schedule and check the condition of the fluid/oil that comes out when you change the oil. If it looks good and doesn't smell burned your trans is ok.
I don't know about Hurth trans but the Velvet Drive is good for a gazillion hours if you are good with fluid maintenance.
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Old 27-12-2007, 14:12   #4
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Oil Sample

You could always take a fluid sample to a lab. It is better if you establish a bench mark over a running time. As the first sample will show metals in the fluid, what you are after is a trend so after 50 hours running you could see if the metal content is changing. Make sure you change the fluid first before sampling. The test is around the 25 dollar per sample range. It will also tell you if there is other substances in the fluid like water.

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sounds good, thanks for all the advice . it looks like a sample of the oil is a good way to see whats happening
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oh..............I thought you wanted some fashion advice.....
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