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    What fluid are you putting in your VDrive. The only "SAE 30" that I could find was Wal-Mart brand. Are any of you running synthetic? Synthetic or not, where are you getting your oil? Cheers.
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    head to your local auto parts store. there are lots of choices in 30wt oil.
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    How often do you change this and is it basically just an oil change from the v drive? Where's the drain? (I imagine it's in the manual but don't have it here at work).

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    I change mine every season. The manual has you change it every X hours. There is no drain. You have to suck it out. You can take the pan (access cover plate thingy) off the bottom to drain it, but that just makes a huge mess. Its designed to be sucked out.
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    Thanks I'll try to find the access on the v drive or look in the manual for it.

    Maybe this is a silly question but how come this isn't a part of the winterization thread?

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    Use any non detergent 30 wt oil per the manual. There is a drain and screen that should be cleaned as well on the lower rear of the unit.

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    Either Auto Zone or Advanced Auto sells Valvoline SAE30 in our area, I can not remember which one it is. I always buy 2-3 quarts and change it every year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmoomba View Post
    Thanks I'll try to find the access on the v drive or look in the manual for it.

    Maybe this is a silly question but how come this isn't a part of the winterization thread?
    Though many people perform the v-drive service at the same time, it's not really part of winterization. It's just scheduled maintenance.

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    there is actually a drain plug and a screen that should be cleaned, i believe/know its all in the schematics.
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    I removed the bottom cover from my v-drive last winter to repair a small leak and was curious to see what the screen looked like after 5 seasons. Screen was clean and just a small amount of build-up in the corners of the cover. It's also a good idea to pull the top and clean out debris from the cooling water. Make your own gaskets with RTV.

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