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newt posted 09-25-2002 03:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for newt   Send Email to newt  
I have a quicksilver control box for my '03 merc. I would like to reduce the amount of effort required to move the throttle lever.

Is there a friction adjustment somewhere, or is it time to lube or replace the cable?

Clark Roberts posted 09-25-2002 06:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Newt, if control box is 03 like engine there must me some malfunction. If control box and cables are older then it's likely to be the throttle cable! happy Whalin'... Clark ... SCN
PS> the side mount control box has a throttle friction adjustment (knob) at front end... Most benacles have adjustment (screwdriver) inside/under bezel!
newt posted 09-26-2002 07:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     

The controls are not '03. I am guessing they are '84 as was the original engine. I will try to find the friction adjustment you mentioned.

I always had good luck with lubricating cables on motorcycles by disconnecting the cable at the higher side, taping a plastic baggie around the cable, and filling the baggie with lubricating oil. After a day or two, the oil would work its way down the cable. Do you think the same trick would work for an outboard?

If not, what is the approximate cost of a throttle cable?

Clark Roberts posted 09-26-2002 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Newt, save yourself some time and get new cables (easy to install) @ approx $30 each! The usual cause of failure is that the solid stainless steel push/pull wire rubs through the cables sheathing and causes high friction/binding and no amount of oil will restore. Good luck and happy Whalin'... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
Bigshot posted 09-26-2002 10:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I found 2 brand new ones on E-bay for $18 including shipping.
newt posted 09-26-2002 11:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Ok, if I dont find an easy fix with the friction adjustment, I will put new ones on.

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