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Old 07-10-2014, 23:44   #1
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Transmission Fluid and Oil Contamination

I've just had an engine survey on a Ford Lehman 4cyl 85hp diesel + Paragon Transmission.

The engine was rebuilt around 3 years ago and has about 10 hours use. The reason for low hours is that the boat as been in refurb.

The engine fired right up on first ignition and had very little smoke and vibration. In fact the mechanic raved about the operation thus far into the survey. All things were going well until it came time to check the fluids.

When the transmission was syphoned it came out a PeptoBismal pink and was obviously contaminated. Then the oil came out and, although it looked ok, was later analyzed to be contaminated with high amounts of metals and sodium.

The owner insists that the issues can be fixed after some root cause analysis and repair (replacing the oil cooler and heat exchanger), but I'm not so sure and need advice from those with more experience. Is pursuing the purchase of this boat a lost cause?

Thanks in advance.

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