Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Problem changing transmission oil on Santorin 1991


Good evening everybody and thank you for your replies.

What I intend as the cube (in aluminum) is the following:

The expansion tank is the following:

The oil is not going down from the transmission cube to the propeller foot...

I don't understand why, the only thinking now is that in 2011 the transmission have been disassembled and the conical gasket between the cube and the lower part has been substituted with a big oring as we couldn't find the original one at that time.... The mechanic the made the job at that time told me today that this cannot cause and oil blockage and also the transmission properly worked for 5 years...I hope he is right!

Now I was thinking to try putting the oil with a pressure pump from the lower hole, the one used to discharge the oil, in order to see if the oil is going up till the cube transmission and verify that there isn't any obstruction.

I also didn't tried with a warm oil as suggested by Olivier and shall try....

P.s. I could not verify the exact quantity of oil drained from the transmission as someone in the shipyard thrown it away before I could measure it.

Suggestions are always welcome.

Thanks and regards.

Inviato da iPhone

Il giorno 09 mag 2016, alle ore 20:22, Beaute Olivier atlanticyachtsurvey@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> ha scritto:


Good evening Fabio,

first question: do you know how much oil you drained from the transmission?
The first Santorins, maybe up to n°40, had the first type of transmission, with aluminum housing. Could you post a picture of the upper part of the transmission?
This transmission holds probably less than 8 liters. However, filling the transmission with warm oil and moving the propeller by hand while filling will help you. ( patient...)
How do you warm up the oil? Put it in black jerrycans in the sunlight.

Your old mechanic is right: don't fill up the reservoir, but only up to the first third. The oil needs to expand.
The oil will never get warmer than 70°C because the lower part in constantly cooled with seawater. So no problem with the temperature.

Bon courage.


On Monday, May 9, 2016 7:19 PM, "Fabio Cavalieri mas1766@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Hello everybody,

I'm in troubles as I drained the oil from the transmission to change it and I'm not able anymore to fill the trasmission with the 8 kgs 15W 40 diesel oil as prescribed.
I started to put the oil and after approx. 3,5kgs the oil didn't go down. Trasmission cube is full of oil but do not go down...I tried to take out again the drainage nut on the keel nearby the propeller thinking about a possible air bubble but the oil was caming out in very small quantity and very slowly.
Is there some trick I do not know?

And also, an old experienced mechanics told me that is a mistake to keep oil in the plastic in place in the upper reservoir above the transmission should not contain oil but should only serve as an expansion vessel for collecting the excess oil which heats up and expands might make working pressure causing the transmission in high and harmful temperatures.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

s/y Italica - Santorin #28 1991

Join to automatically receive all group messages.