View Full Version : ZF Hurth V Drive, neutral not showing

04-02-2013, 04:43 PM
I've got a ZF Hurth V Drive in my 2005 X-Star, but I can't "feel" neutral on the gear selector switch on the gearbox, plus the neutral switch isn't showing as being in neutral (when it actually is).

With the helm gear selector disconnected you used to be able to feel a slight notch when in neutral on the gearbox selector on the gearbox, but now there's no feeling at all. You can select neutral, forward and reverse with the engine running - but no notch (you have to short the neutral selector switch to get the engine to fire). I've replaced the neutral switch but this hasn't made a difference. When you take the switch out there's a ball bearing that seems to push up to activate the switch when it's out of gear, but it doesn't seem to be activating.

Any tips on what this could be? The gearbox was stripped down and serviced a few months ago - but it worked fine for a while.



04-06-2013, 03:18 PM
No ideas anyone?

04-07-2013, 05:16 AM
I've done some more research and have found the ZF Hurth repair manual http://www.bukh-bremen.de/files/346/upload/Hersteller/ZF/Reparaturanleitung%20u%20Ersatzteilliste%20ZF63IV% 20bis%20ZF85IV.pdf but now I'm confused. The Mastercraft manual says to use 15/40 oil but the ZF Repair Manual says to use Automatic Transmission Fluid. Which ones right I've got 15-40 in at the moment?

Having read the manual the gear selector definitely works under hydraulic pressure so I guess this is my problem (it runs around 300 PSI). So perhaps I've got the wrong oil in it?

04-07-2013, 07:32 AM
Your problem would seem to be in the control lever not the transmission. The detent you used to feel is from a detent in the shifter. Here is a PDF of a similar control.....


15 - 40 or transmission fluid will work in the Hurth. MC changed from transmission fluid to oil quite a few years ago. The change to the heavier weight oil decreased the noise from the transmission. If you are running oil now I would continue to do so.

04-07-2013, 11:22 AM
Here is the service bulletin about Hurth transmissions and the change to oil.