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    Default Are these bowl lubrication ports?

    On either side of the bowl, the 2 allen set screws...what goes in the holes? Gear oil? ATF?
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    Yes they are.


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    If you cant seem to top it off, you probably have a blown seal. Take them both off and fill one side till it runs out the other, then re-install the plugs.
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    ​We usually pull the out and put grease zerts in them !

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    Berkeley recommends straight 90 wt gear oil. Some use gear oil, some use grease and some even pull the plug from the back of the bowl and let water do the lubricating.

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    Ok will do... 90wt gear oil, so Redline brand with MTL is ok?

    It's a Berk, says it on the pump right after the engine bellhousing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzen View Post
    Ok will do... 90wt gear oil, so Redline brand with MTL is ok?

    It's a Berk, says it on the pump right after the engine bellhousing.

    If its not leaking at the shaft seal , suggest you always consider keeping "oil bath" as Berk was designed designed, if it will hold it ,dont waste money on Redline or =, 80/90 or 90 wt auto parts store gear oil is fine , as said pull both plugs and fill till the fluid runs out the other if it chronically loses fluid (evidenced by loss/add or oily residue in the exit side of the bowl) it could be due to a multitude of isues ranging from a fouled or displaced shaft seal to a worn or scored shaft etc call if you need help Tom

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    I'm not aware of any leaks, The only maintenance ive given this thing is greasing the zerk fitting at the driveshaft coupling/seal after the engine bellhousing. Is this where the shaft seal is? Other then that, I don't know when this thing was topped off with oil last...guess i better get on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzen View Post
    I'm not aware of any leaks, The only maintenance ive given this thing is greasing the zerk fitting at the driveshaft coupling/seal after the engine bellhousing. Is this where the shaft seal is? Other then that, I don't know when this thing was topped off with oil last...guess i better get on it.
    The shaft seal is almost directly below those plugs , inside the bowl and circling the tailshaft only aceesable with bowl removal , if it works(doesnt leak) dont fix it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    The shaft seal is almost directly below those plugs , inside the bowl and circling the tailshaft only aceesable with bowl removal , if it works(doesnt leak) dont fix it !
    For sure, thats my motto haha. But I'm goin to top off the fluid for sure. Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzen View Post
    For sure, thats my motto haha. But I'm goin to top off the fluid for sure. Thanks for the info!
    Don't squeeze the oil bottle too hard, you can push the seal out inside the bowl.

    Just go slow and easy with it until it comes out the other hole and gets clean looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thatguy View Post
    Don't squeeze the oil bottle too hard, you can push the seal out inside the bowl.

    Just go slow and easy with it until it comes out the other hole and gets clean looking.
    Right on. How many quarts does the bowl hold?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzen View Post
    Right on. How many quarts does the bowl hold?
    Not much, just a few ounces > don't recall the exact amount.
    I use the cheapest thick gear oil or even junk straight 70 wt motor oil > no 'gears' inside just two bushings. I would NOT put grease in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzen View Post
    Right on. How many quarts does the bowl hold?
    Do your'e self a favor and pull both plugs then blow into one and see what comes out of the other. I don't mean shop air at 120psi but light pressure. I have seen many bowls blow out water with this simple test and the result is always the same--- blown seal at the shaft. If you are lucky you will get oil and it's a simple add more and go! Mark

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