View Full Version : Changing transmission fluid

09-05-2008, 03:50 PM
I have an 08 LSV with the 325hp motor, ZF tranny and Walter's V-drive....the basic set up. Where is the drain plug for the transmission? How do you get to it? I'm doing my own service because I live so far from the dealer. The v-drive was easy. So far, the transmission seems hopeless....HELP!!! Thanks.

09-05-2008, 05:32 PM
Pretty sure you have to pump it out with a fluid extractor, not really that difficult.

09-05-2008, 06:22 PM
How did you do the v-drive? Did you use an extractor or did you drain it some other way?


09-05-2008, 06:39 PM
I bought an oil sucker today to do an oil change and it was the biggest piece of crap I have even seen.

I would be embarrased to put that product on a shelf for sale.

What model are you guys using?

Edit: This is the one I tried. http://www.boatersworld.com/product/367210010.htm

09-05-2008, 08:23 PM
I use an extractor for trans, v-drive, and engine oil. I just used a cheap one from autozone last time but I imagine I'll upgrade and get something like this in the future:


I've seen models just like the above link much cheaper, around $60 or so.

09-05-2008, 08:31 PM
The useless one I tried was 12v powered.

I would imagine a manual one being much better.

09-06-2008, 12:00 AM

Top side oil changer, figured this would work pretty good and I could get buy with it. I Have the type you put on to a drill also. The drill one did not work very good at all. This one was way better than I ever expected. I have seen them other places also. Either I got a really good one or its just that simple??

09-06-2008, 12:46 AM
I got this from Skidim and it worked great.


09-06-2008, 04:59 AM
How did you do the v-drive? Did you use an extractor or did you drain it some other way?


There is a drain plug on the back side. Also, there is a strainer and a couple of magnetic tipped bolts you remove, clean and replace. Seems that everyone is extracting through the dipstick holes......for the tranny at least, I thought I read something about a strainer that should be cleaned with each fluid change???

09-18-2008, 03:17 PM
The "Top Sider" manual extractor works great for ALL fluids. Warm any thick fluid prior to extraction. "Northern Tool" carries them for around fourty dollars.

Wake Master
09-18-2008, 10:19 PM
This is the one I use


09-24-2008, 02:07 AM
I just ordered this http://www.wholesalemarine.com/p/PEL-PL-2000/

It seemed to get pretty good reviews and it's just about the perfect size for small jobs like tranny and v-drive. Wholesale marine had it for about $15 cheaper than anywhere else I found it. I was also pretty impressed with there service. I ordered it Monday afternoon, standard UPS ground and it was there the next day.

09-24-2008, 04:36 PM

Thanks for the tip on the low price. I ordered the big one last night. Intend to change the engine oil with it.