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Old 07-15-2014, 10:59 PM
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Mine has the same rattle, which is apparently normal for Hurth transmissions. It is recommended to put engine oil instead of transmission fluid in them, which will quiet the sound, but it will still be there. I am not sure why yours just started that sound though.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:18 PM
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I was out a couple of weeks ago with my 88. Had a bit of a rattle as well. Threw it in neutral, rattle went away. I checked the trans fluid level on the dipstick, realized it was a bit low. Added trans fluid, put it in gear, no more rattle. Maybe I just got lucky.
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:34 PM
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Yesterday, I heard a very similar rattle from our Maristar. No noises when on the water. When I powered up to load it on the trailer, rattle/ratchet. Happened yesterday and today, couldn't hear it any other time. Is your motor/prop under load when you hear it? Coincidentally, we had a rope get wrapped around the prop when we were out the time before hearing this, wondering if that is related. Good luck!
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:32 PM
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Update. Removed tranny and vdrive. Damper plate is fine. Separated tranny and vdrive. Mounted tranny to engine. Ran engine, no rattle. Mounted vdrive to tranny. Ran engine and there was the rattle. Obvious now that the vdrive is the problem. Removed vdrive. Took it apart and discovered the u-joint broke. Repair is beyond my ability. Any suggestion on a course of action from here is appreciated.
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:45 PM
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conclusion: the u joint in the v drive broke. New V drives are $2400...............ouch! I found a used v drive for $1000. The guy had it on craigs list for 3 years. I put it all back together and so far so good. Ran it in the yard for 1 minute and all I heard was the idle rattle I've heard so much about. Next step is to take it for a spin.
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:54 PM
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Do they have replacement u-joints or is it just a complete assembly???
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:35 PM
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When I found the broken joint I did a search for repair shops. I found a very knowledgable guy at Kalamazoo gear. He said that particular model (Walter RV-26D) is hard to fix and Walter is slow on parts. It can be fixed but He recommended I buy the used unit.
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