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Location: Nanaimo, B.C., Canada
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I have a Volvo saildrive (about 2 years old). On mine, you remove the dip stick to let air in and take out the drain plug at the bottom (somewhat like an outboard). To refill, you replace the drain plug and add fluid through the dip stick hole.
If you use the boat alot, so that you exceed the recommended hours prior to the next haulout, you can do a reasonable job by using the same method you would to change the engine oil, that is by using a pump to suck the fluid out of the dipstick hole. However, this method will leave a small amount of the "old" fluid in the leg, so the first method is preferred.
Hope this helps,
Point Roberts, Wash. Marina
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