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Kevin Hickey
08-15-2005, 09:52 AM
I have a '05 PS 197 with 23 hours on it. I broke in the engine in accordance with the owner's manual. Yesterday while pulling a wakeboard at 2300 rpm, the rear of the boat suddenly started vibrating strongly and loudly. I shut off the engine, swam under the boat to examine the prop and shaft, and found nothing out of the ordinary. I restarted the engine and slowly accelerated. The vibration occured consistently at rpm above 1000. I accelerated the engine without the drivetrain, and the engine accelerated normally. After limping back to the dock at 1000 rpm, I put the boat in reverse without problem, but upon accelerating slightly I heard two "clunks". The transmission shifted normally back to forward. I then shut off the motor and upon restarting it and putting the boat in reverse again, the reverse operated normally without "clunks". I then put the boat on the lift without driving it in forward over 1000 rpm. Once on the lift, I examined the prop (no apparent damage), the shaft (no apparent damage), and the rudder (no apparent damage). Any idea what is wrong?

peason
08-15-2005, 10:56 AM
Sounds like transmission problems. I would get your dealer on the boat for a test ride asap. Therer are a lot more board members that know a lot more than I do, hopefully they will respond soon. Welcome to the board.

6ballsisall
08-15-2005, 10:56 AM
P, you said it best. Get that boat to the dealer asap.

PendO
08-15-2005, 11:26 AM
not that it matters, but is it the 1:1 tranny? Also, there a strut (think that is what it is called) that the shaft goes through, any impact marks on that? Brass prop?

Kevin Hickey
08-15-2005, 11:36 AM
not that it matters, but is it the 1:1 tranny? Also, there a strut (think that is what it is called) that the shaft goes through, any impact marks on that? Brass prop?
350 cubic inches, 310 hp, 1:1 tranny. Thanks for your help.

Kevin Hickey
08-15-2005, 11:37 AM
350 cubic inches, 310 hp, 1:1 tranny. Thanks for your help.
No impact marks on the shaft, the strut, the prop, or the rudder. All appear to be in mint condition.

Jorski
08-15-2005, 01:36 PM
Hate to suggest it; but, a friend of mine with a brand new 2005 rig (exactly the same as yours) had his transmission fail...he is now going through the loaner/warranty replacement dance.

Dealer said there have been a few of these.

Kevin Hickey
08-15-2005, 02:09 PM
What can I reasonably expect from the loaner/warranty replacement dance? Does MC provide a loaner? Or is it up to the dealer? Any help with minimizing down time on the last weeks of the summer would be appreciated.

Jorski
08-15-2005, 03:47 PM
FWIW, my buddy got a loaner for the duration...I think this was from the dealer

Kevin Hickey
08-15-2005, 03:55 PM
Jorski,

Just curious, what did MC do to fix your buddy's boat?

Jorski
08-15-2005, 04:00 PM
replaced tranny with a new one.

Chris M
08-15-2005, 11:13 PM
I have a 04 197, have you heard of any tranny problems with that. Also I have had a small leak on my tranny for awhile now

BarefootWt
08-16-2005, 12:14 AM
I am probably stating the obvious but did you check to make sure your tranny has the right amount of fluid in it? And that the fluid is of the right type (some take motor oil now - my 2004 197 does for example). With 23 hours, the dealer is the best choice.