Once the boat was secure I began to troubleshoot the issue. I opened the hatch and disconnected the shift cable at the transmission. Using the shift lever on the side of the transmission I shifted to forward and the prop spun forward, so far so good. I moved the shift lever to neutral and the prop shaft continued to spin, uh-oh. I shifted the transmission to reverse and the prop shaft slowly stopped but I could hear a tapping sound in the transmission, at that point I felt a pain in the wallet.
I was hoping that my problem was the somewhat less expensive "welded clutch" issue that is common to these drives but as you will see from the pictures I was not that lucky. I ordered a full rebuild kit for the transmission and v-drive and when they arrived I began to tear down the assembly with the intention of doing a rebuild. About halfway through the project I realized I would be better off getting a rebuilt transmission since the costs of replacement parts was going to be quite high.
The series below shows the teardown process that you will use to replace the clutches if that is the problem. I also show the v-drive disassembly since I had to flush it and check it for damage.
Preparing the transmission assembly for removal took about 1.5 hours and I began by pumping all of the fluid from the reservoir. Next I removed the electrical connections to the neutral safety switch and the transmission temp sending unit. With a bucket handy the transmission cooler lines were removed and more fluid was drained. Don't forget to undo both lines, the return line also has a metal loop securing it to the side of the v-drive that has to be removed.
I scribed a mark on both the v-drive coupling and the prop shaft coupling to allow me to assemble them in the same orientation. Once that was done the propeller shaft was disconnected.
At this point I began to break loose all of the bolts that secure the transmission assembly. There are 4 bolts located along the top and then there are two studs with nylon nuts near the bottom. I also loosened the four bolts that hold the v-drive to the motor mounts. My intention was to remove as little as possible and try not to disturb the engine alignment. This process worked well since the motor mounts when unbolted from the v-drive will slide right out of the way.
Now we were ready to support the engine to prepare for the final removal steps. This process took about 2 hours as it took us a bit of time to figure out how to best tackle the situation. The engine is supported by two motor mounts located aft and two motor mounts attached to the v-drive. We used a chain to lift the driveline end of the engine slighty and finished removing the bolts from the v-drive motor mounts. Now we lifted the engine an additional inch and slid a piece of wood under the oil pan for support. We lowered the engine to rest on the wood and then used the lift with a chain to connect to the v-drive. With the v-drive supported by the chain we removed the remaining bolts securing it to the engine bell housing. At this point we lifted the transmission assembly clear of the boat.
Note: We removed the whole transmission assembly as one piece and it was quite a bit to handle at around 210 pounds. When we installed the assembly back into the boat we installed the transmission and secured it to the bell housing, then installed the v-drive which proved much easier.
The neutral safety switch is screwed into the control valve cover plate assembly. With the safety switch unscrewed remove the bolts and the cover plate.
With the cover removed, you will remove the switch cam. The switch cam has a metal tab that fits into a slot on the bottom of the control valve assembly. When you are putting this back together ensure that the transmission is in neutral and make sure the control valve assembly's slot is at the bottom, the switch cam tab fits in that slot (see service manual).
Now move to the other side and lightly tap the shift lever shaft with a rubber mallet driving the control valve out the other side.
Now it is time to remove the oil pump. Prior to removal you will note that the pump has the words "TOP" and an arrow pointing one direction at the top of the pump and another "TOP" with an arrow pointing the other direction located at the bottom of the pump. This pump can be mounted in two positions 180 degrees different from each other and the correct position depends on the rotation of the engine. If you install the pump incorrectly you will not have oil pressure and could damage the transmission. Pay close attention to this orientation. This is referred to as "pump indexing".
Now remove the four bolts and remove the oil pump.
Now begin to separate the forward/reverse adaptor housing, use caution when removing the clutch springs and dowel pins will fall out.
Remove clutch cylinder snap ring.
Remove sealing ring.
Remove bronze thrust washer.
At this point I discovered the pinion carrier assembly was damaged.
At this point I decided to order a rebuilt transmission so I did not disassemble the forward clutch pack, but the following pictures will show some key components.
In the following picture note the tab on the thrust washer and the sealing rings on the pinion carrier shaft.
The following picture shows the slot that the thrust washer tab fits in on the transmission case.
V Drive Disassembly
This series of pictures will show the disassembly of the V Drive to check for damage and to flush it out. To begin remove the nuts from the studs holding the V Drive to the transmission.
Remove the bearing cap.
Once everything was inspected and flushed a new gasket was installed and the output shaft was aligned.
A new oil seal being installed in the bearing cap.
The bearing cap was installed with a new gasket, next came the output shaft nut torqued to 225 ft/lbs.
Once the rebuilt transmission arrived the oil pump was indexed to match the old one.
I had originally ordered my clutch pack rebuild kit from Transmission Marine Inc in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (MarineGears.com) and when I discovered the extent of the damage I decided to contact them about a rebuilt unit. Those folks are great! They immediately shipped me a rebuilt unit and once it arrived I pulled the necessary components off of the old tranny and slipped it into the box along with the clutch pack rebuild kit to return to them. They gave me credit for the clutch pack kit and were more than eager to answer any questions I had concerning the installation over the phone. They were even kind enough to email me a pdf file of the transmission service manual. Kudos to those guys.
Click HERE to download the 71C v-drive manual!