Re: Amel Drive Seals leaking


Just my 2 cents on the "C" drive and seals.
My oil reservoir is labeled "15w40" and I've read the same in manuals. The 15 rating means that it is thinner at lower temperatures (when you first start up) but retains 40 weight protection at higher temps.

In earlier postings there is mention that Amel went to 1 seal facing inward (toward the oil) and 2 outward toward the sea water. This is because there is more often a problem with sea water leaking into the system then oil leaking out--although both are possible in severely worn or damaged systems.

A key to keeping the stainless lip seal springs from corroding is to pack them in grease. I have had very good luck with the grease that is marketed for packing the wheel bearings of boat trailers. It is designed to keep sea water from permeating and causing corrosion. It is also designed to withstand high rpm and temps and to avoid being washed away by sea water. It is inexpensive--usually blue and green in color and is marketed as "marine boat trailer grease" .

Brittany de la Mer

--- In amelyachtowners@..., Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:

Richard, what is your solution to the chronic "weak link" in the seals for the Amel drive?  I am finding water and oil leaking after just 6 months since the last change.  What's your take on putting the seals in the opposite of how the Amel drawing depicts, with the two inner seals keeping water out, and the outer seal keeping oil in?  Someone on this website said that when the Amel service center in Martinique changed theirs, that's how they did it.
I have a transmission fluid reservoir but no oil reservoir for the drive shaft, so I can't easily tell if it's losing oil or being contaminated with water.  I think others have a reservoir for the oil as well.  Can anyone tell me (or better yet, send pics) how this is connected?

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