Volvo Penta Saildrives, is a proven reliable drive system for yachts. The service parts list includes anodes, diaphragm seals, oils, shaft grease, and shaft seals. The 110S, 120S, MS25S, 130S, and 150S Saildrives run on VDS 3 engine oil, but the 120S-E version uses Volvo Penta 75/90 gear oil. Volvo Penta VDS 3, is specifically blended to be suitable for use in Saildrives and is the only engine oil that should be used.
It is important to use genuine anodes on a Volvo Saildrive. Volvo Penta anodes and made to exact specifications to protect the Saildrive from corrosion have seen several counterfeit anodes advertised on websites and their use can lead to a total loss of the Saildrive through corrosion.
The Saildrive seal, part number 21389074 fits all Saildrives from the 110S range upwards and must be changed every 7 years.
Saildrives propellers and anodes are available from us within this site. If you require technical help with any aspect of your Saildrive, please call us.
Volvo Penta Saildrives should be serviced at the end of every season to ensure the oil is not emulsified, indicating that the shaft seals require changing. See our downloads section from the left-hand menu to download a list of oils for each Saildrive type. A worn propeller or folding hub can also cause the shaft to vibrate and allow seawater into the gearbox.