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    Gear Oil Leak

    Over the past two summers I've noticed that my 2004 215 SSi with Merc 5.0, Alpha 1, Gen 2, uses or leaks a little bit of gear oil. I've always just kept a quart on board, and topped off as needed. Every Spring I change out the gear oil before starting the season. However, I've never been able to pin point where the small leak was. It seems that has changed because I can now definitively say that the gear oil is leaking from the lower unit, or between upper and lower (please see picture). I noticed a small puddle of gear oil around the lower "fin" below the bolts that connect the upper and lower unit. The problem I have is I still do not know exactly where that oil is coming from. My question to the forum is could the seal between the upper and lower have gone bad, and if so what is the process for replacement? I'm assuming the cold temperatures this past winter may have finally done in the seal since the boat was not stored in a climate controlled environment. Thank you.
  2. Hello, Last time out on my old boat I leaked gear oil into the bilge (I got a new boat, but may use the old drive and motor. see here for details: http://forum.chaparralboats.com/index.php?showtopic=26634). Also, the gear oil was milky and had water in it. I had just replaced the impeller and all of the surrounding gaskets. I had also just changed the gear oil and it had metal shards in it before servicing, and also after my last time out. So, what could be my issue? I think it may be the o-ring in between the upper and lower casing. Also, maybe it was a missing gasket on the oil plugs (not sure, I will check next time I see the drive)? What else could it be? All of the gears, splines, u-joints, yoke, etc. looked very good and were not work. I have no idea where the shards could be coming from. Thanks, Drew
  3. Hello, Last time out on my old boat I leaked gear oil into the bilge (I got a new boat, but may use the old drive and motor. see here for details: http://forum.chaparralboats.com/index.php?showtopic=26634). Also, the gear oil was milky and had water in it. I had just replaced the impeller and all of the surrounding gaskets. I had also just changed the gear oil and it had metal shards in it before servicing, and also after my last time out. So, what could be my issue? I think it may be the o-ring in between the upper and lower casing. Also, maybe it was a missing gasket on the oil plugs (not sure, I will check next time I see the drive)? What else could it be? All of the gears, splines, u-joints, yoke, etc. looked very good and were not work. I have no idea where the shards could be coming from. Thanks, Drew
  4. Hello all. I bought new a 2008 224 Sunesta with a 5.7 and DPS lower unit. I finally got fed up with the 4 week, $XXX engine/lower unit oil changes by my local boat mechanic and decided to do it myself. All went well with the engine and fuel filter but the lower unit is a different story. I bent the tool VP requires to remove the front prop but after buying a steel rod, managed to remove. The screw which is the drain plug will not come out. I've tried WD40, screwdrivers, drills (battery and electric) and it won't budge. I finally decided to take off the housing that contains the screw (figuring it would be easier to work with on my workbench) and did drain the gear oil but still can't remove the screw. Another concern and to my surprise, the gear oil was solid black, not the golden color described above. Two questions for everyone: 1) I know the color should be golden when going in but is anyone's gear oil black coming out after a season? 2) any ideas on how to remove the screw? You can assume where this is going...have I been paying for 4 years for a lower unit oil change and it has never actually been done? Thanks in advance for the help.
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