Well I thought this section was taking too long to get over Christmas ........
So how about this for a starter thread :
Changing Volvo saildrive gaskets/ gaiters.
I have been putting this off for years and as we may be going across the Atlantic this year it has been eating into my mind . Volvo state that they should be replaced after 7 years , ok , so its 6 years OVERDUE !
I took advantage of last years lower vat in England and a 2011 price increase due from Volvo and of course its part of our inheritance to be able to buy two ! bought from Keyparts UK.
After detaching the engine from the saildrive , a 120S ,and all the links/cables and hoses it took 1.5 hours to actually seperate the two ,they did NOT want to be seperated ! Perseverance paid off . The prop and drive shaft were removed already as I replace the seals every 3/4 years as a precaution against water getting mixed with the gear oil . This makes the assembly lighter which is essential when youre trying to lift the whole unit up into the hull ,after splitting .
The unit was them brought home to be rebuilt in the comfort of the garage .this is quite straightforward although the instructions supplied are a bit vague.it was interesting to see how little crustacean activity ahd gone on in 13 years immersion . Just one small mussell in the cooling water inlet pipe which would not have been discovered until it all overheated !The inlet was restriced by about 50% it would have just been a matter of time .....
Typically , the second engine was much easier , they were happy to be parted ....
I have yet to re- fit them but will follow up later .
The big question is , did they need replacing ??
Yes is the answer , one had a "chip" in it which would have been where a leak started and the undersides ,ie the salty sides , are both showing slight cracking typical of old rubber surfaces . my guess would be maybe another 3/4 /5 years before problems , making the Volvo estimate quite conservative . but INMHO good for double the suggested period of 7 years , but like the great Clint Eastwood siad "well **** do you feel lucky " !!