Volvo penta trim pump problems

Thursday, July 5, Recently I bought a Glastron gt with a volvo penta lower end sx-a. Big mistake. I bought the boat brand new however I brought it back to the dealer who said it was a lousy design and that they dont deal with them anymore.

The tried a quick fix that only worked for a month or so. I called Volvo Penta today to find out what could be done.

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The tilt trim pump assembly is bad and leaking. My warrantee is up They also said they are aware of the design flaw but that I'm on my own champ.

So I asked if they could send me the part at dealer cost and I would repair myself Sorry cant help you sir. Is there anything else?? Not happy with the boat or the outdrive SX-A. Volvo Penta was anything but helpful or even sympathetic.

I guess it sucks to me The Retail dealer suffers and the Buyer suffers on this one. So I guess I have only one option So I guess I will probably look around on the internet and see what others are saying about my next boat before I buy it.

I hear the Merc cruiser is a much better design. Here are some photos of the Trim motor and leaking pump and cover etc.

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Thanks for viewing. Feel free to add related posts. Sincerely Dummy who bought the Volvo Penta out drive. Have a nice day. Monday, July 2, Subscribe to: Posts Atom.By mikeofwarrAugust 5, in Boat Talk.

I have a Volvo Penta 5. After a day on the lake I tilted the outdrive up to load on the trailer and pulled up to my covered storage area. After stowing everything away and getting ready to head home I tried to lower the outdrive.

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Nothing happened. The 10 amp fuse located in the fuse block on top of the engine had blown. Inserted a spare fuse and it immediately blew when I tried to lower the outdrive. So I towed the boat home and began troubleshooting. I removed both relays and the blown fuse. Turned battery power off and removed the trim switch from the control handle. Tested with a multimeter and appeared to be working fine in both switch positions. No sign of burned or bare wires. Not knowing what I was doing I loosened the two allen type screws next to the outdrive on the pump cover where the 4 hydraulic lines go in I was looking for possible electrical connections in that area.

When I began to loosen the screws hydraulic fluid started leaking out and the drive slowly came down. I quickly tightened the screws and the fluid stopped. Not much fluid leaked out, just a small puddle in the driveway. Probably only 2 or 3 ounces. So I topped the fluid up, replaced the relays and inserted a new 10 amp fuse all the connections were clean and no corrosion present. I have a second trim switch back at the transom and it functions also.

After cycling the outdrive up and down once I topped off the fluid again. Cycled the outdrive a few more times and added more fluid. Did this process 5 times until I could no longer top off the fluid. When all was said and done I had added a little over a half a quart of fluid and did not blow any more fuses. Not sure how I fixed the problem but was wondering if low trim pump fluid would cause the pump motor to blow a fuse. If yes? That may be the short circuit cause.

Not that I know of. The VP pump is mounted on the outside transom next to the outdrive and has a small filler tube. No visible tank. I tried lowering the drive because I store the boat and trailer at the marina under covered storage. So I always heard the outdrive should be in the down position when stored.Add to Basket.

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Volvo Penta Ignition Module. Volvo Penta Molded Hose. Volvo Penta O-Ring. Volvo Penta Oil Drain Plug. Volvo Penta Oil Filter. Volvo Penta Oil Filter - Short.There are two main types of power tilt and trim motors and pumps that are designed for recreational boats that have an outboard or a stern drive.

Older power tilt and trim systems use an electric tilt motor and a mechanical lifting device.

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On stern drives, the electric motor turns a worm gear and uses a wet clutch pack to tilt the drive unit and lock it into place. This arrangement consists of a volt electric motor with a reservoir and a hydraulic pump or valve body.

In this case, boaters are advised to replace their trim and tilt hydraulic pump and fill the reservoir with the proper power trim and tilt fluid. Visit the Replacing Power Trim and Tilt Systems comprehensive article to aid in trouble shooting and the common problems with power tilt and trim systems. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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Blog at WordPress. Post to Cancel.By justdirtAugust 13, in Boat Talk. Just returned from a great trip to Lake Powell and had a problem with the outdrive trim. While under way and after trimming up, the outdirve would drift lower causing me to trim back up every several minutes.

There are no oil leaks and no visible problems. I suspect that something is wrong with the trim pump. It is a Volvo Penta pump. Any thoughts on what the problem and repair would be? I had this problem on an alpha one. I guarantee you are leaking trim fluid out. Check the level in your reservoir.

The oil in the pump reservoir is still at the full level. I will look closer at all the oil line connections though. Yeah I mean that's what it was for me.

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The reservoir was almost empty though, but I could visibly see the trim fluid squirt out when I trimmed the drive. If there are no signs of leakage, it may have a bad valve and the fluid is seeping past it and not holding. I had this issue, only mine went the other way, my drive would rise after a period of time. I have the same motor as yours in my and I noticed one day that fluid was leaking out of the bottom half of the trim pump.

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I took a pic of it right after I noticed it and here you can see it - notice where the cables come out of it? The bottom half of the pump is all shiny, oily black while the top is salty dry. Found out this is a common problem with these and in most case is a result of the outdrive lower unit hitting the pump once you turn it all the way starboard.

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It doesn't happen to port. Take a look and see if the outdrive touched it or bumps into it and if it does, it's worth replacing it because they corrected that problem with a newly designed trim pump that is shallower and the outdrive stops before it bumps into it. That's what I did.

Ok, I will check that out. The thing that botheres me is that there is no external oil leakage that I can find making me believe that there must be an internal leak possibly an internal check valve that is leaking by.

When I was trouble shooting mine, one of the check-list items was the check-valve like Denny said. Sometimes those go bad and cause internal leaks but unfortunately I think the only way to fix that is to replace the entire unit itself. But it's worth finding out if that check valve itself if repairable. Either that or you could have a bad piston and the other can't hold the weight on it's own?

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For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Volvo Penta Outdrive Trim Problem. CaptnJD I've posted enough I should edit this section. Damn thing won't hold at any trim angle. It seems to slowly bleed down til it bottoms out at -4 degrees. My boat handles all wierd and is a bit unsafe as it wants to grab an edge and get all sideways down there. The rams and pump don't leak any fluid so I am thinking that it must be in the pump.

Its a DP-e Drive. Anyone been thru this before? Thanks JD. Albiebac I've posted enough I should edit this section. The pump has small valves in it that begin to leak over time, mine does it too. I can give you more info tomorrow. So do I have to buy a new pump or is it rebuildable? Come to think of it this is the second one already The first one was doing the same thing. Then I got a new outdrive and pump and it's gone to crap in two years.