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Old 04-17-2006, 09:13 PM
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Default Transmission Fluid for Velvet Drive Borg Warner 1017004

I need input on what type of transmission fluid I need for my transmissions. They are mounted to twin 350's and Walter V-drives RV-26 if that makes any difference. The original 1988 owner's manual recommends 10 wt. tractor hydraulic fluid meeting C3/To-2. I have no idea where to find this fluid and am hoping that a modern automotive transmission fluid is compatable. Any input is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-17-2006, 11:11 PM
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Default Re: Transmission Fluid for Velvet Drive Borg Warner 1017004

My Velvet Drive manual says to use G M automatic trans fluid.

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Old 04-18-2006, 02:57 AM
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Default Re: Transmission Fluid for Velvet Drive Borg Warner 1017004

Velvet Drive transmissions are extremely tough and can handle just about any oil you put in them. Generally speaking, Dexron III is the best because of cost and availability reasons and because it just works well. You can actually run any hydraulic oil in the transmission if you need to, from straight hydraulic oil to power steering fluid, teleflex fluid, etc... But, none of these offer the same resistance to thermal breakdown and oxidation like the automatic transmission fluids do. If you run anything other than Dexron III, you may notice a change in shift characteristics. Ford Type F has a higher dynamic friction coefficient and will make the clutches grab harder.
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Old 04-18-2006, 05:21 AM
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Default Re: Transmission Fluid for Velvet Drive Borg Warner 1017004

You can run motor oil below a certain RPM ( I forget exactly what # ). I ran mine that way for years. After a preventative rebuild during an engine repower, I switched to dextron. Never saw a difference either way and she never missed a beat. The mechanic said the seals were less likely to leak with motor oil but with the red fluid you would more readily identify what's leaking.
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Default Re: Transmission Fluid for Velvet Drive Borg Warner 1017004

BW trans called for dexron II,which they don't make anymore.Dexron III works just fine.When you change it out,run it a day or two,then change it out again with dexron III(flushing it out).It is not hard to do,if you do it yourself,cost is just 3 qt of oil each time.If you have a engine oil pump out system,use that thru the dipstick fill.One thing to watch for is over filling it.Make a note were the oil level is before you pump it out when the trans is cold.Because the oil will expand as it gets hot,just like a car.Another thing is smell the old oil,if it stinks,that is when you know its going bad,if the color starts to change to a brown color,you are over heating,or if it turns pink with foam,you have a cooler leak,or if it just foams up,the vent cap is blocked!Not much screws up on vee drive trans unless the clutch plates wear(manny years for that) or a seal starts leaking.Pretty tough units!
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Default Re: Transmission Fluid for Velvet Drive Borg Warner 1017004

Thanks all for the recommendations. I had hoped automotive transmission fluid was the best way to go. I'll change it this weekend and then again in a few weeks to ensure I flush the old. Thanks again.
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My name is Chris Malo, and I am with Hale Marine. Any questions you might have I can answer as I have 30 years of experience in the marine industry and with Velvet drive Transmissions. If you ever purchase from us or not if you have a questions feel free to give me a call I have seen it all.

Any questions you can call (800)544-3677 or visit our website.

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We also have a easy to use forums were you can ask any questions you might have.

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