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I have VP ips 500 drives one pod is showing trace amounts

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I have VP ips 500 drives one pod is showing trace amounts of water less than 1%.
Should I do anything other than change the seal and gear oil
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** am I speaking with?
That depends on if you plan on keeping the boat or not. Leaks don't get better with time, they get worse. The correct course of action would be to replace the propeller shaft seals, and inspect the shafts for gouging when it comes apart. Does that make sense?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
the concern is around the clutches , It has been suggested that they need to be replaced when exposed to water, it was also suggested that they can tolerate a small amount of water not sure who to believe
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
The clutches can tolerate moderate amounts of water. Really the bigger items are all the roller bearings. Saltwater loves to pit steel, if the roller bearings are pitted then it will need new bearings. That is a big and specialty job as the whole unit has to be re-shimmed. The bearings would be inspected with the prop shafts come out. The clutches can handle more water than the bearings can. But if it is just the slightest bit milky then it's usually just a job of changing the propeller shaft seals. Did you have any further questions on the issue?
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
still waiting for a call(###) ###-####
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
Hi. Justanswer does offer phone service. It is an extra service provided at an extra fee (30$). As of right now you never paid for a phone service. Was that something you wanted, or did you prefer to stay online? Also, what sorts of additional questions did you have?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is it 18 or 30 I clicked on the call now button for18? I have the same button on this page
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
It's 30, I don't do calls for any less than 30. I don't actually work for just answer, and I'm not even a contractor. I'm just a website user like you are except that you ask questions, and I answer them. When you see 18 on the screen that is basically your "offer" to me, from there I can accept it or reject it. Personally I don't do calls for any less than 30. That being said, there isn't much more to this. I don't think there isn't anything I can't answer online for you. What other kinds of questions did you have on the unit?

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