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Old 11-10-2010, 09:50 AM
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Need to rebuilt or replace transmission in Austin, Texas

Hi there MCers,

My mechanic tell me I need to replace or rebuild my transmission. It is leaking transmission fluid (it's in the hull). He said the transmission is cracked, I think. Does anyone have someone in Austin they recommend to do the job for a reasonable amount? How much should I expect to pay? Or in the alternative, do you know of a place I could ship it to to have it done?

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Old 11-10-2010, 10:14 AM
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Cracked....? You might want to double check that, never heard of it happening and the trans cases are way overbuilt. Much higher probability that a front or rear seal ans simply gone bad. Cost is negligible for seal replacement if you do it, full rebuild around $300. Not sure on shop cost, but would expect somewhere around $700. I think new trans are around $1,500. Will let others chime in and verify those numbers. Would be helpful if you verify the year/model boat you are talking about, I am assuming it is the Velvet Drive trans based on your profile info.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:23 AM
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OK, maybe he didn't say it's cracked. It's definitely leaking fluid (red fluid), and he said it needs to be rebuilt. I thought my model would show up with the post. It's a 1994 ProStar 205 with a Corvette engine. Thanks for your input!
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by witty30 View Post
OK, maybe he didn't say it's cracked. It's definitely leaking fluid (red fluid), and he said it needs to be rebuilt. I thought my model would show up with the post. It's a 1994 ProStar 205 with a Corvette engine. Thanks for your input!
Might be worth a little research before committing to a full on rebuild. You may have a Hurth transmission... I have one of those in my 98 and it too, like other brands is bomb proof! I would have to say the weakest part of these transmissions is the bell housing and the hoses, they should've been able to keep the tranny from separating from the engine don't cha think? LOL

On a more serious note, I think it would be worth your time to find out exactly where the leak is coming from. It may just be a loose hose connection, Leaking oil cooler, or input/output seal. Neither of those items would require a full on rebuild if the trans is working properly. Just fix the leak and return to service.

One other thing... if you do happen to have a Hurth trans they have a plate on the bottom of the trans that holds the filter screen in place at the bottom of the reservoir. I found out mine was leaking (after everything was back in the boat of course!). That small rectangular plate is secured with four bolts and is only sealed with RTV. Very, very difficult to re-seal with the trans installed in the boat. Not impossible, but probably would have been easier to remove the trans to re-seal it.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:31 AM
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How many hours on the boat? Is the tranny leak the only issue you have? I would get a second opinion, the transmission in your boat is pretty much bullet-proof as long as it was maintained and not abused. My 96 PS 190 has over 2000 hours and the only thing I ever did to the trans was re-seal it at 1600 hours.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:41 AM
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Call the Texas SKi Ranch. Good service folks.
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:52 PM
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I have contact info for a mechanic that works at Sail and Ski in Austin.....done great work for me in the past, and I trust him-Texas Ski Ranch will likely eat you out of house and home with their labor rate. PM me if you'd like some information on this mechanic
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:27 PM
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I assume it's a velvet. I rebuilt mine for about $180 bucks but it was slipping. If yours is not slipping but is leaking then it is more then likely a seal, front or rear. If you can ID where it is leaking from you might get away cheap. IE if it is leaking from the rear you might be able to put a rear seal in without pulling the trans. If it is the front and you have some tools you can replace the front seal for pretty cheap.

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:36 PM
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It should be a Velvet Drive Borg Warner. Either 1.52 to 1 or 1 to 1 tranny.


is where I got my rebuild kit from. They shipped it here quickly to DFW area. Rebuilt mine in a day. My case seal was leaking right behind my reverse plates. I have rebuilt about 5 of the same trannys that you have and every time I got my parts from them. Good service if you know what kit you want and dont mind not speaking with a person over the phone. It is an internet based supply house. I have also ordered many other parts from them.

The rebuild kit is not expensive less then $350 for everything. If you are handy with tools it is probably something you could tackle yourself on a Sat afternoon.

I would either run on the hose or on the lake and find the leak if it is on the outside or not. If on the hose remove the flange bolts on the back of the tranny to keep the propshaft from spinning and put it in gear forward and reverse. Looking for leaks in a clean bildge and find where the leak is. If you find a leak here it is more than likely a bad case seal. You can also remove the starter and feel inside the bell housing and see if red fluid is in there. That would indicate the front seal is bad, that fix would be less than 25 bucks if done by yourself.

Those trannys are pretty much bullet proof and I could not imagine how it could crack the case.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:50 PM
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