Volvo Penta Saildrives are a low maintenance drive system that require minimal maintenance. some models like the 130S and 150S run on VDS 3 engine oil, and some like the 120S-E version use Volvo Penta 75/90 gear oil. Do not use any engine oil other than Volvo Penta VDS 3, as it is specifically blended to be suitable for use in gearboxes.
Never fit a non genuine anode to your Saildrive. Volvo Penta anodes and made to exact specifications to protect the saildrive from corrosion.We have seen many fake anodes advertised on websites and their use can lead to total loss of the saildrive through corrossion.
Zinc anodes are designed for salt water use. A Magnesium version should be used for fresh water. In brackish water a Aluminium version should be used. Anodes should not be mixed on any installation and should be inspected as often as possible, especially if the boat is in an environment with lots of shore power around. If the anode is worn by more than a third, it will need to be changed, due to its surface area being reduced. Always use genuine Volvo Penta anodes to ensure maximum protection on sterndrives, Saildrives and propellers. Non OEM anodes never meet or exceed genuine Volvo Penta replacement anodes. Some found on auction sites have in the past found to be counterfeit.