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    quick question. im used to mercruiser, so Im just making sure that the water impellor on my VP is on the front of the motor and not in the lower unit? My motor is not pulling up the water from the rabbit ears. I saw notes in the old user manual from the previous owner; something about water pick up hose and seal. is this something that requires pulling apart the gimble housing? when i add water frm the strainer it keeps things cool as the motor is running.

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    Re: 1989 290 outdrive & AQ131D motor (Water not being pulled into motor)

    Yes, they should pull water up from the outdrive. Put the proper Volvo muffs on it, and plug the secondary pickup hole in the bottom of the drive. I always use the tapered end of a sillicone tube for the job.

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    Any air leak can cause the pump not to pull water from the drive, one of the more common places is the water hose connection on the drive. The end corrodes off the fitting, but it looks fine from the outside. So check that connection for sure.
    Have you looked at the impeller? Without water, if you have been running it, it's probably junk by now.
    Don S.


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ID:	7073075OK, it took me a couple of days because of work but Ive found some things out. !st, I dont see anywhere in the attached picture of the drive where there is an impellar with shaft in the lower unit. Also, I read the entire section on cooling in the shop manual and it did not mention a lower unit impellar, or pick up pump or anything in the drive that was mechanical that pulled water into the motor. the second picture has a blow-up of the schematic of the part that was needed, but never replaced. I spoke to the lady i bought it from and she told me that the bellows was replaced but not the raw water line and seal. My question is, how many hours job is this and do i have to rip the outdrive apart to do it

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        Re: 1989 290 outdrive & AQ131D motor (Water not being pulled into motor)

        Right , the impeller is in the pump mounted to the motor. Nothing in the outdrive. Follow the water intake and it will lead you to the pump containing the impeller. There are two water lines going to it. One in, one out.

        #2 is the pump assembly
        Cooling System, Induction- And Exhaust Manifold: D AQ131D : D - 7744650 - Volvo Penta
        '88 Baretta Success 200
        Volvo Penta AQ260/275

        '96 Weeres Suntanner 24
        '01 90hp Johnson

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          Re: 1989 290 outdrive & AQ131D motor (Water not being pulled into motor)

          #24 in this link is the fitting Don mentioned, that corrodes and leaks air. Pull the hose off and take a look.

          Intermediate Housing: Drive 290a - 7744650 - Volvo Penta
          '88 Baretta Success 200
          Volvo Penta AQ260/275

          '96 Weeres Suntanner 24
          '01 90hp Johnson

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            Re: 1989 290 outdrive & AQ131D motor (Water not being pulled into motor)

            2 questions
            1) I cant order the impeller by itself? Do I have to buy the $426 part?
            2) If the raw water pick up line and seal are bad too (Circled in my pic), is that a big job?

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              Re: 1989 290 outdrive & AQ131D motor (Water not being pulled into motor)

              Thank you I will check Part #24.

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                Re: 1989 290 outdrive & AQ131D motor (Water not being pulled into motor)

                here is the pump broken down. #5 is the impeller

                Sea Water Pump: 855578 - 7744650 - Volvo Penta

                see my post #5. Checking for corrosion is nothing but loosening the hose clamp and pulling the hose off. Replacing the fitting and gasket is easy as well but should be done while the upper gear box is removed for clear access.
                '88 Baretta Success 200
                Volvo Penta AQ260/275

                '96 Weeres Suntanner 24
                '01 90hp Johnson

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                  Re: 1989 290 outdrive & AQ131D motor (Water not being pulled into motor)

                  Ha, we're talking about the same part.
                  '88 Baretta Success 200
                  Volvo Penta AQ260/275

                  '96 Weeres Suntanner 24
                  '01 90hp Johnson

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                    Re: 1989 290 outdrive & AQ131D motor (Water not being pulled into motor)

                    thank you both

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                      Re: 1989 290 outdrive & AQ131D motor (Water not being pulled into motor)

                      Yeah you guys are talking about the same part. For some reason the vpstore has a slightly different picture than the manual.

                      You can get an impeller by itself. Not sure why the impeller kit listed there is 50 something bucks...Nevermind the aftermarket is nearly as much so go with the Volvo part and don't mess with aftermarket.

                      The water connection is pretty easy to do. I just did it a week ago when I was replacing the bellows, so I had the upper gear box off of the outdrive, I don't know if you can get to it or not without pulling the upper. Pulling the upper was pretty easy and you could be done in an hour or so. But you'll need 2 new o-rings for re-installing the upper.

                      #50 and #51, its like $5:
                      Intermediate Housing: Drive 290a - 7744650 - Volvo Penta
                      1985 Bayliner Capri Bowrider 195, Volvo Penta AQ125A/270 http://s290.photobucket.com/albums/l...view=slideshow
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                      1995 Starcraft 24' Starfish pontoon, 125HP Mercury

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