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6275RE: [campernicholson] HURTH GEARBOX

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  • Colin Campbell-Dunlop
    Apr 14, 2013

      Hi Don,


      We had our Hurth v drive refurbished as it was leaking ATF from the rear output shaft seal. 


      The shaft itself had become a little corroded at some stage and this took the seal out.  We were constantly topping up and mopping up. 


      We got a firm in Arundel to dismantle it.  They re-sleeved the output shaft and put in two new bearings.  It is fine now.  Not too expensive although we took the gearbox out ourselves and that necessitated a lift out.  We did it as part of the usual winter maintenance so there wasn’t an extra cost. 


      They checked the clutch packs at the same time and they were found to be fine with plenty of life left in them.  They are a pretty good gearbox apparently and well over spec for the size of boat and engine. 


      Hopefully you just have a blocked breather but if it looks like the rear seal most likely the above work will solve the problem.






      From: campernicholson@yahoogroups.com [mailto:campernicholson@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Don
      Sent: 14 April 2013 14:15
      To: campernicholson@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [campernicholson] HURTH GEARBOX



      Saunterer has a Hurth Gear Box and I have a
      continual minor oil leak which may or not be from the seals or it may just be caused by overfilling with oil.

      In an attempt to ensure that I do not overfill I have removed the sump overflow plug and screwed in a nipple with a clear plastic hose and valve with the open end of the tube into a container to catch the overfill. I fill to the level where oil is seen in the clear plastic tube and open the valve to drain the excess into the container. There is a time lag issue because after I drain the excess and wait 10 minutes l again have overflow oil in the plastic tube.

      After running the engine for a few hours I see a small amount of oil in the sump. I am not sure if this self overflowing (as per Hurth's manual in the case of overfilling) or if the oil seals are weeping. I have no oil leaks after a 6 month lay up. Also, as the gearbox is run the oil heats up and will expand so maybe that is a contributing factor to the oil weep.

      I would like to hear back from other owners with a Hurth gearbox on their experience regarding leaks, filling and the self leveling overflow.

      If all the other Hurth's are leak free then I guess I have to remove the gearbox and redo the oil seals but I would rather avoid that if other owners experience this same problem.

      Thanks also for the response on the B & G instrument issue I posted a few weeks ago - it was very helpful and I am researching the various responses.

      Don Cleland
      Nic 35 Saunterer

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