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Toddavid

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  1. Toddavid

    VP DPS trim sender questions

    Transom switch is working fine. The glitch showed up when I was launching, and the only way I could tell if the drive was going up and down was to walk to the transom and operate with the switch there. I couldn't hear anything over the constant alarm at the helm.
  2. Toddavid

    VP DPS trim sender questions

    Drive is not moving when the glitch happens. Not EVC. Ironically, I just had the drive off last week for service. The issue happened a couple times towards end of last season, so it's not related to my recent service. But I should have addressed it last week. Sigh. I'll look in the engine compartment for the sender connection, maybe it just needs some cleaning.
  3. Toddavid

    VP DPS trim sender questions

    Mine seems to be acting up, DPS-B. The gauge will randomly peg full up with a constant beep and check engine warning. Are the VP senders “serviceable” like Mercruiser? On the Mercs, you could crack it open and clean and grease the contacts. Where is the wiring harness break point if I decide to swap out? On the exterior or interior of transom?
  4. Toddavid

    VP DP-S drive service

    I’ll check out Imgur. Photobucket obviously has its issues, Flickr requires a cut and paste work around to directly display the image, and now they’re limiting the free uploads. Who owns this forum? Chap corporate?
  5. Toddavid

    VP DP-S drive service

    I took photos, but external hosting is so exhausting... if only this site would allow uploads, it would enhance the member experience and encourage more participation, seeing that social media is their competition.
  6. Toddavid

    VP DP-S drive service

    Well that was a heck of a productive day. Kicked it off at 8am: Adjusted hitch on new tow vehicle to boat trailer Uncovered boat Installed batteries Put her on muffs and fired her up after winter nap, engine caught on first rotation of starter (love when that happens) Ran her up to temp Built a drive cradle out of 2x4s Pulled the drive Cleaned up some corrosion, primed and painted Changed out impeller Changed out exhaust and heat exchanger anodes Inspected transom, checked engine alignment Cleaned and greased all points Reinstalled drive Installed and timed props Fired her up again to check new impeller action and to ensure proper gear engagement Checked trailer tire pressures Replaced a half dozen snaps on the carpets Power cleaned the carpets Vacuumed out tow vehicle (why not) Put her back into spot and covered her up just before the rain at 4pm. All went according to plan, had all the proper parts I needed. I have a DPS-B 2.14 and I discovered that the u-joints are sealed, no zerks. Next Friday, she gets a full clean and seal, and then splashes Saturday. Home stretch!
  7. Toddavid

    VP DP-S drive service

    I try to use Cecil when possible, since they are somewhat local, but their pricing isn't always affordable ($13 for that case seal vs $4 elsewhere) and they don't stock all parts (like the case nuts). This time I ordered some parts from them and some from Volvopentastore.com FYI, volvopentastore.com is fulfilled via iboats.com, which is always a risky proposition, in terms of timely order processing (at least that's what I've found). I've also used Wholesale Marine, their pricing tends to be the lowest around, but they didn't have stock of the parts I needed this time. And then there's ebay for oddball stuff, sometimes that's the only place I can find stock of parts for VP. And lastly: Bezosland.
  8. Toddavid

    VP DP-S drive service

    Yep, after posting I went on a search and found it in a diagram. Ordered up, thanks. That factory manual leaves out some details!
  9. Toddavid

    VP DP-S drive service

    Thanks, Curt. Hatem, this kit looks to be the same thing: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C3893M6/ref=psdc_404655011_t2_B00MGXU270 Anyone know what gasket Chap243 is referring to? Need to order ASAP if I’m planning on doing this service this weekend.
  10. Toddavid

    VP DP-S drive service

    Hm, I didn’t see that in the shop manual. I’m not going to be splitting the upper and lower case. Is that the gasket you’re referring to?
  11. Toddavid

    VP DP-S drive service

    What grease to use on them? I have a cartridge of Quicksilver spline grease, also 2-4-C, and Mobil 1 wheel bearing synthetic grease.
  12. Toddavid

    VP DP-S drive service

    I plan on making a cradle out of 2x4s like I did on my last boat. From what I can see, VP uses the same alignment tool as Mercruiser, which I have. This kit is all in one, both the handle and the actual tool: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MGXU270/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Gear lube gets replaced every fall before she goes into storage, all I want to do is check engine alignment and lube u-joint shaft splines (as well as inspection). I assume the u-joints themselves don't have grease fittings? Looks like I need to source some "special grease", replacement nuts, and shaft o-rings.
  13. Toddavid

    VP DP-S drive service

    Rock on, RoyR, you rule!
  14. Toddavid

    VP DP-S drive service

    Anybody have a link to an online video? Pretty sure it's not the same as Merc. All videos I find are for older drives.
  15. Toddavid

    Time for bellows?

    Well, ok then. Looks like the two year recommended maintenance by VP is highly conservative. When do y'all change your gimbal? I changed gimbal, bellow, shift boot, shift cable, and water supply hose on my last boat at 250hrs, 5 years, and in the process discovered that the water supply hose was almost choked off from corrosion where it goes through the transom plate (known Mercruiser issue). Studs broke on the engine side of where the hose supply flange bolts down, requiring an engine pull. What a mess. VP doesn't have the supply hose vulnerability?
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