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I just splashed my boat after 3 years on the hard.

I ran the engine on the hard using a hose and bucket directly to the water pump and everything was fine. Switching into forward/reverse went real smooth.

After 2 days in the water I started up the engine only to hear a loud grinding noise every time I switched into forward and reverse....wtf?

So I check my gear oil and I find a nice milky emulsion spewing over the fill cap of the saildrive. Break some more cash for a haul...f*ck!!

So it's obvious I have water in my saildrive and I have new seals and O-rings on order.

I'm curious though, is this enough to cause the loud grinding when put into gear? I wouldn't have thought this would be enough to cause this.

Should i be worried it's something else?
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Re: Saildrive Grinds into Gear

What kind of drive ?

I will assume which is never good you had the water in there a good long time ?

Or was the drive oil changed while it was hauled ?

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No the oil was changed and the old stuff looked good. I guess maybe the o-rings and seal may have dried up over the years.
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Re: Saildrive Grinds into Gear

That much water in the gearbox will make it shift and sound like there is no oil at all

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