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Old 24 May 2014, 19:22   #1
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"Shift Actuator Failure PCU"

Late last summer my VP DPR outdrive exploded (bottom gearbox hole) due to other priorities I did not have the repair completed until March of this year, the repair was covered by my insurance who paid for a complete DPR outdrive, I have not had the boat in the water since the repair and today while doing a cleanup of the boat I had the ignition on and happened to shift into forward gear ,when pulling back to neutral I got an alarm on the EVC "Shift Actuator Failure PCU" from checking the FAQs section on another forum that has a good few of the same engine outdrive setup I gather that these shift actuators seem to give trouble.

Has anyone on here had any dealings with Volvo Penta shift actuators?

Boat 8.7 mt Excalibur RIB with VP D6 with DPR outdrive.

All replies appreciated.
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Old 24 May 2014, 20:23   #2
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I've got a few faulty Volvo Penta actuators, not sure if they are the same type as yours, but these consist of a leadscrew driven by a small motor. In the other end there is a feedback potmeter. What seemed to have happended was that, probably due to bad stroke adjustment in the controller, the nut part of the leadscrew assembly "bottomed out" and got stuck. Once I manually reversed the screws most of them ran fine. These were replaced under warranty and were due to be discarded but somehow ended up in my basement If VP will not fix it under warranty, I can post a few pictures...

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My experience with volvo always seems to be electrical. The connectors have to be really clean and sealed up properly
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Old 25 May 2014, 08:20   #4
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This morning I disconnected the actuator from the manual cable that is connected to the shift mechanism on the sterndrive, then put the electronic shift forward and reverse, I didn't get any alarms from the EVC, I then tried to engage gear by just pushing the manual cable from inside the engine bay, it seems to stiff for my liking so will bring it back to the VP agents tomorrow as I don't want to burn out the actuator.. Thanks Liam
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