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  1. Curt

    question about trailer brakes

    Please fix them. Safety is priceless.
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    Water on cylinder heads

    Water on the cylinder heads or in the cylinders? The XDP drives were basically recalled, but most owners still had to pay significant amounts. To the best of my knowledge, OEM service parts are unavailable. These things had all kinds of issues, including water intrusion through the bellows. I believe the "upgrade" offer ended mid-2014, although I have a vague recollection that this program was extended some. I might be wrong. If you've not engaged a Volvo Penta dealer, suggest doing so now. It's odd that the bellows were missing completely, but it's possible with all of the back and forth they were knocked loose and then off. Based on your description, I doubt they were gone before you successfully boated out and this is all a coincidence. At the same time, the insurance company may not view this situation as sudden or an accident given the described back and forth. (Hopefully there isn't a next time, but perhaps jump off and push from the stern (motor off) until the lower unit is clear of the bottom and then toss the anchor off the bow. Granted, easy for me to say from the couch. You do what you have to do at the time and those conditions sound real bad. P.S. Not trying to armchair quarterback this thing at all, and I'm sure you feel terrible about it. All things considered, glad nothing worse happened like sinking or injury.) You mention overheat. Did you get an alarm or...? It's possible with the back and forth, sand and water were sucked into the intake and caused the overheat. Likewise, if the overheat is extreme, and it could be in this situation, the combination of a very hot exhaust and the back and forth, water may have been sucked back through the exhaust and into the motor (a vacuum).
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    2007 volvo 5.7 winterization thru flush port

    Check your owners manual. Whether you can or can't for your specific engine is included information. Please don't assume all 5.7's are the same, or for that matter similar to any other engine. With Volvo Penta's, given all of the permutations within a series, it's very important to not generalize. If it's in your manual, and your manual is for your specific engine, follow what it says. Remember, Volvo Penta model numbers for the 5.7 are 5.7___-__. These other digits are important.
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    Windless anchor for a 276 ssx

    Food for thought. With one motor, a single alternator. With two motors, two alternators. Etc. Perhaps this has become tomato-tamato. All batteries charge the same way; via the alternator. Either way will work. If the desire is an OEM consistent installation, call a dealer. I'm sure they'll know and state how Chaparral does it (assuming you don't have a wiring diagram for the boat in question). It seems wire size, fusing and proper negative and bonding connections are more important. Again, food for thought.
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    I can't figure out what engine my boat has

    Cool pic.
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    I can't figure out what engine my boat has

    The heads and block have a variety of numbers cast into them. Head numbers are generally under the valve covers. Because heads are sometimes used on more than one engine, it's typically more accurate to use block numbers. The block has a date code, block casting number, assembly date and product number cast into it typically. The first two are normally where the bell housing is attached, and the assembly date/date code is usually on the front. In addition, on certain blocks, there are numbers on one or both of the sides. These are typically the motor size and assembly date. All of these are sometimes hard to find. Often they are very dirty. Often it's hard to tell what a particular digit is. Once you've got the numbers, some, not all, GM/Chevy dealers will run them for you and tell you what you have.
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    Time for Oil Change

    For your model and year, your choice of mineral or synthetic provided mineral has only been run. If any synthetic along the way, then only synthetic now. Straight 30W or 10W-30 or higher. At least API SM. (The original fill was mineral, and was required for the first of 150 hours or 3 years). Please check your manual to confirm the above information. The specification is listed and should be what’s typed (the specification for later years has changed and is different). Change the filter as well. Suggest doing both annually regardless of which type is used. Mobil 1, Castrol and Volvo branded oils are all very good.
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    VP DP- s banging/clanking

    Suggest not driving it until the source of the unusual noise is found. Drive rebuilds and replacements get into the thousands quickly, plus there’s the risk of being stranded somewhere and causing damage to other parts of the engine/drive system. With the motor off and moderate force, grab the props and see if they’re loose and if there’s any grinding or bumping/roughness when turned. Likewise, see if there’s any push/pull or lateral play. In addition, check the gear lube level. We’re looking to see if level is proper, clean or dirty, signs of water, metal chunks/shavings, etc. While down there, thoroughly inspect for signs of impact damage on the outdrive and props. Also, inspect each of the cylinders to ensure they aren’t loose or damaged.
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    Volvo Penta 5.7 GiC Engine warning light and beep

    The answer depends if this is a one time thing, or if you do most/all of your own maintenance/repair. The tools for auto's don't interface. Rinda Technologies offers two flavors, collaborates with Volvo Penta, Mercury Marine and others and you can purchase. Volvo Penta's tools are for authorized dealers only. Diagnosis can be involved and the tool, while very helpful identifying the fault, determining what to fix is often a deeper dive.
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    Volvo Penta 5.7 GiC Engine warning light and beep

    Thank you. It means a fault code has been set, and the condition not corrected. You’ll need to have the dealer come to you or take it to the dealer unless you have scan tool. The normal response with key on is two beeps, and no indicator light. This means all is normal.
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    264 Engine Hatch Support

    Sorry, didn’t put 2 and 2 together. With the engine out, this is much easier. Both a gas assist strut and an electric ball screw identical to the starboard side are possible. Still check the hinges. A gas assist strut is probably much less expensive, and if sized correctly, likely to help a lot.
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    Serious leak from transom area

    Thank you. Extreme for sure.
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    264 Engine Hatch Support

    I’ve not done it, but the upper attachment can be mounted to the hatch on that side with thru-bolts because the area isn’t visible. In fact, there are a pair of thru-bolts for something else and they are “hidden” by cream vinyl tape (at least they’re supposed to be). You’ll need flush mount bolts so they don’t catch and create scratches, and an inner and outer reinforcement so the glass doesn’t tear out. The upper attachment for most gas assists is small, so you’ll only need a flat piece of aluminum a few inches long, an inch wide and about an eighth thick (two pieces). The bottom can be mounted however you’d like, and screwed into the bilge/step or mounted on a plate that is screwed into the same. Use stainless screws with coarse threads and dab of 5200 in each hole. To gauge how deep you can safely drill, remove a screw from one of the lower attachments on one of the existing gas assist struts and only go that deep. Should be less than $50 and an hour or two. Check the hinges first. There normally isn’t wear unless one or both are loose.
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    Serious leak from transom area

    Did that one burn?
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    264 Engine Hatch Support

    That hatch is super heavy, and sags on the port side about 1/2 inch or so. Never seen wear though. There’s interference with the motor on a center mount. On the port side with the batteries, and no real way, except to glass one in, to add a mount on that side of the hatch. Might try beefier gas-assists for the two you’ve got. Might also check the hinges to ensure the 6 bolts on each are tight and aren’t walking.