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Old 08-12-2017, 10:16 PM   #21
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The VD oil level should be checked within a minute of shutdown with hot/warm oil.
As for cold check....verify that level is correct with the hot check and in the morning check when oil is cold and drained down. File a mark on the dipstick at that level and you have your cold check point.


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He might have been talking about the Lehman dipsticks. Both my SP90's have their dipsticks mounted toward the centerline of the boat but the position of the tube on the block is offset from each other. The angle of the engine installation makes the oil level on each stick different with the same amount of oil.
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The discussion is about Velvet Drive transmissions and it was to that that I was referring. This is the trouble with abbreviations. VD = Velvet Drive


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The VD oil level should be checked within a minute of shutdown with hot/warm oil.
As for cold check....verify that level is correct with the hot check and in the morning check when oil is cold and drained down. File a mark on the dipstick at that level and you have your cold check point.


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Yes, exactly. Once you know and mark the correct cold level you're all set.

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The VD oil level should be checked within a minute of shutdown with hot/warm oil.
As for cold check....verify that level is correct with the hot check and in the morning check when oil is cold and drained down. File a mark on the dipstick at that level and you have your cold check point.


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This is a Very good idea. Sounds like Jim Aspel himself telling me when I picked up my newly rebuilt BW from Federal Marine in Chicago. Some engines have a large volume of oil in the cooler than drains back to the tranny when shut down. The transmission will look full with the stick after filling but once running it fills the cooler and lines, and can be starving for oil. Check the level several times immediately after shutdown until it reads full. Some cooler setups can hold a lot of oil. My Perkins cooler holds a lot. when installed mine read full but still took two more quarts after filling the cooler and warming up. It could have been a disaster.

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