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Transmission Slow Reverse
I've got a hurth 100? transmission on my Westerbeke W21 that has some transmissions issues. It goes into forward instantly, but when shifting into reverse, it sits there for maybe 10 seconds before engaging. Once engaged, it works fine. If I shift into neutral and then back into reverse, it agains instantly engages. However, if I shift into forward and then try reverse, it has the same hesitation to engage again. The tranny fluid looks good and is at the proper level. I can't quite visualize what's going on inside the transmission, but it's like something is just getting stuck. Any ideas? The PO had the tranny rebuilt about a year before I bought the boat.
Coming into the dock at the marina we're staying at for the winter here in Punta Gorda I managed to take out a dock box with our bowsprit for lack of the instant reverse. Of course, it didn't help that I had a howling wind at my back, 12,000# of boat moving forward, two dock hands with their collective heads up their posteriors, and me docking for the first time with our new to us boat!! So now I own a slightly damaged dock box.
I plan on draining the tranny and putting in new fluid and seeing if that helps. I'm not optimistic, however. I hate working out the bugs on a new boat!!!
"There's a wind in my sails that protects and prevails." - "Six Months in a Leaky Boat", Split Enz
Last edited by sander06; 12-15-2008 at 05:32 AM.