Velvet drive stuck in gear

Discussion in 'Inboards' started by RAMMYBOY, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. RAMMYBOY
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    RAMMYBOY Junior Member

    Greetings all, I had an intermittent fluid leak from my Borg Warner 71c vee drive. I had to remove engine from boat in order to remove transmission. The likely cause of the leak was the front oil seal. I removed the oil pump cover and replaced the seal and reassembled the cover. The gearbox was in neutral prior to disassembly, when I put it back together, it now appears to be in gear as the input spline will not turn. Do l need to fill with fluid and pressurise the transmission to release clutch? If so, how do l do this?
    Many thanks Rammy.
     
  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    The clutches are spring loaded on the "normally open" position. Most probably the pump is stuck if it was turning before you changed the seal.
     
  3. RAMMYBOY
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    RAMMYBOY Junior Member

    Thanks for your response gonzo, what I don't understand is how just removing a cover and pressing in a new seal has affected the free movement of the input spline. Before I removed cover, I remember thinking how silky the splines rotation was. Have you any idea on how to free a stuck pump? I have studied the diagrams from the manual and everything seems correct.
     
  4. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    The seal may be too far in and hitting the gear in the pump. Loosening the cover will show if that is the problem.
     

  5. RAMMYBOY
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    Thanks for the tip gonzo. Took the cover off to have a look, spline is still solid so am guessing transmission is in gear? Baffled by this one.
     
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