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Hi Roger, my name is Jason.
The sterndrive is a sealed unit. The gear lube reservoir acts like a dipstick, telling you if the level of oil is correct or low in the sterndrive. If the level in the reservoir drops, that is only because the sterndrive has a leaking seal, and is loosing oil. There are 2 ways to go about this. The first way is pulling the drive, draining the gear lube, pressure testing the drive, and finding which seal is actually leaking and replace just that 1 seal. Or, just have the whole drive re-sealed. In the shop our standard operating practice is to just re-seal the whole thing.
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