Velvet Drive Werner

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by dwna1a, Jan 21, 2021.

  1. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Ok so I’m having a issue with my transmission. It won’t shift into neutral. It starts in forward and will shift to reverse but no neutral. Can anyone point me in a direction?
     
  2. Express 390

    Express 390 Active Member

    622
    Sep 14, 2018
    South Shore of Long Island NY
    1986 SeaRay 390 EC
    1993 SeaRay 290 DA single 7.4 /Bravo 2
    1992 SeaRay 230 DA 4.3LX Alfa drive
    Twin 454 Crusaders inboards 4 blades
    Cant say for sure i assume they are Borg Warner Velvet drives you checked the fluid level ?
     
  3. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 EC
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin 546s Plotter
    454 Crusaders
    Can you disconnect the shift cable and move the shift lever manually? BTW the shift lever has to shift thru the neutral position when shifting from forward to reverse and back.
     
  4. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    I’ve done both with no luck
     
  5. dtfeld

    dtfeld Water Contrails GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2016
    Milton, GA
    410 Sundancer
    2001
    Axiom 12 MFD
    Cat 3126 V-Drives
    Clarify it starts is forward. Are you saying that the engine is in gear when you start the engine? Like as in the Neutral safety switch isn't working?

    Also what make model specifically?
     
  6. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Specifically, I’m unsure. 1988 Weekender twin inboards. Straight shafts. Yes, once it’s started the shaft is turning, there is no neutral. The safety switch is on my shifters at the helm.
     
  7. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 EC
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin 546s Plotter
    454 Crusaders
    I've had 2 velvet drive transmission that had the prop shafts turn slowly when in neutral when cold. In both cases the prop shafts would stop turning in neutral when they warmed up a little. The reason is the clutch plates drag when in neutral and it can be caused by shifting at high rpms and warping the clutch plates. in your case are both transmissions doing this? Is the shift lever in the neutral position when starting or in the forward position which indicates a problem with the neutral switch? Velvet drives are very simple, reliable units and are simple to rebuild when needed.
     

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