Volvo MD2B will not go into reverse

  • June 18, 2015 8:47 PM
    Message # 3392572

    I have a Volvo MD2B. Today, as I approached my slip, it would not go into reverse. It is an MS (mono shift). I know it is the transmission because I disconnected the cables and could move it by hand to forward.but not reverse. Anyone had this problem and know how to fix it? What kept this from getting ugly was something an old sailor once said, "docks, like young ladies, should be approached slowly".

  • June 19, 2015 9:16 PM
    Reply # 3396590 on 3392572
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Try this link for possible help ...

    I'll assume you have fluid in the box etc.  



  • June 21, 2015 7:18 PM
    Reply # 3397771 on 3392572

    Fixed it. The forward-reverse cable attaches to a plate on the top of the transmission. Forward rotates the plate counter clockwise, reverse rotates it clockwise. Slightly forward And above the rotating plate is the short water hose from the water pump to the rest of the engine. There is a hose clamp on each end of the hose. For the last few trips it appears that the plate has slid under the screw of the hose clamp on the water pump. Going into the slip the other day the plate Hung up on the screw and when I applied more pressure  the clamp moved just enough that the plate could not move forward. Turning the hose clamp around cleared the plate. Everything works fine. I am not buying a new transmission.

    Last modified: June 21, 2015 8:15 PM | Anonymous
  • June 22, 2015 6:29 PM
    Reply # 3400045 on 3392572
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good catch-- I was going to mention the Just Answer site - for $25 I had a Volvo expert listen to a video of my MD2B - and it took less then .5 hours for his answer from NewZealand saying the engine was in bad shape... the rod knock was pretty loud IMHO but needed an expert for the owner satisfaction.


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