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The cone in the transmissions are costly to replace. Make double sure your linkage is adjusted to manufactures specs. including the spring joint (very important)The spring joint if properly adjusted holds pressure on the transmission shift lever in both forward and reverse. Once the cone is engaged you don't want it to slip. It was recommended to me to NOT use muti grade oil or oil with detergent it's just to slick. I use non detergent 30 weight and change it every 150 hrs or every other engine change.


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For what it's worth. My boat has a Volvo-Penta set-up and I use Rotella T 15-40 for the engine and Rotella T 30W for the transmission. BTW, the PO worked for Shell and was one of the developers of Rotella T, he swears it's the best product on the market. I wouldn't dare use anything else now, would I.

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Hello,

IMHO, transmission oil should be changed based on hours of use, not just time. Unlike engine oil, trans oil is not subject to combustion and all the evils associated with that (soot, high temperature, shear forces, etc.). If you run your engine 200 hours a year, then maybe you should change the trans fluid yearly. However, if you only do 50 hours a year of motoring, changing the trans oil yearly would be way overkill. I would not let the same oil sit in the box for 10 years, but would change it at least every 5 years. For me personally, I usually motor between 50 and 100 hours a year and I will change the trans oil after 200 hours of use.

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Thanks Barry - By the way when are you putting your boat in? Just got mine in today.

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Thanks Barry - By the way when are you putting your boat in? Just got mine in today.
Hi Nick,

I should be in about two weeks. The weather has been cold and damp, so I don't feel like I'm missing much. I don't have to do too much this year, just scrub and paint the bottom, install a new raw water impeller, fresh bird spikes on the spreaders, and wash the topsides.

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