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Anyone with Zeus Pods?

Discussion in 'Sport Yachts/Yachts' started by Dissapointed, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. tac

    tac New Member

    4
    Nov 21, 2020
    2015 55' 550 Fly
    Cummins 8.3 w/ Zeus PODS
     
  2. tac

    tac New Member

    4
    Nov 21, 2020
    2015 55' 550 Fly
    Cummins 8.3 w/ Zeus PODS
    I'm under contract to purchase a boat with 2015 Zeus PODS how do you know if these PODS have the newer cartridge seals or the older version? Oil sampled showed 1.25% & 1.37% of water in the PODS, I have been told not a problem by the local Zeus Dealer, but I think any water in PODS is not good.
     
  3. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    It's probably condensation. If you ran the drives hard and then sampled, I bet the water percentage would be 0 or closer to it.
     
  4. Shaps

    Shaps Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    546
    Nov 4, 2019
    Long Island,NY
    2010 Sundancer 500
    Twin Cummins QSC550 DTS w Zeus
    Any service records available?
     
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  5. tac

    tac New Member

    4
    Nov 21, 2020
    2015 55' 550 Fly
    Cummins 8.3 w/ Zeus PODS
    Yes, I do have the service records, they have done all the required services yearly. Since this boat was new it has been docked in a floating covered slip, washed weekly, and Captained maintained weekly.
    This boat is extremely clean, looks brand new inside and out. Only issue is small amount of water in both PODS.
     
  6. Shaps

    Shaps Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    546
    Nov 4, 2019
    Long Island,NY
    2010 Sundancer 500
    Twin Cummins QSC550 DTS w Zeus
    I would call the people who serviced the boat and ask as well as call Mercury customer service with the serial numbers and discuss with them. I have found them to be helpful on the phone.
     
  7. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    ‘09 Sabre 38 Hardtop Express “Serenity”
    Volvo D6 w/IPS450 Pods
    How was the oil sampled? On Volvo IPS the recommendation is to insert a tube into the dipstick hole down into the housing to siphon out oil with the oil warm. How far the tube is inserted I don’t know sitting here. The reasoning is that oil obtained via the drain hole may get contaminated. And this method also requires the boat to be in water and recently used. What causes contamination I don’t know, just that it’s the factory recommendation. But in line with Douglee’s comment above hot oil would definitely have less moisture than at ambient temp.
     
  8. Shaps

    Shaps Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    546
    Nov 4, 2019
    Long Island,NY
    2010 Sundancer 500
    Twin Cummins QSC550 DTS w Zeus
    I believe Zeus pod oil needs to be sampled with the boat out of the water, taken from the access hole located on the torpedo part of the pod.
     
  9. tac

    tac New Member

    4
    Nov 21, 2020
    2015 55' 550 Fly
    Cummins 8.3 w/ Zeus PODS
    I didn't see how the sample was taken, but I know it was taken from the engine room. I'm also pretty sure the sample was taken before we left for the sea trial, the engines were idling but not for long when I think the samples were taken.

    This is all good information that possibly running the boat then taking the sample might eliminate finding water in the sample. Maybe I can call Mercruiser and find out the correct procedure for oil sampling.

    Thank you for the comments.
     

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