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Buckda posted 09-25-2002 02:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for Buckda   Send Email to Buckda  
When I engage my engine in reverse to maneuver and slip the throttle back into "neutral" (the throttle handle "clicks" in the neutral position), the engine will remain in reverse - I have to actually put it in forward gear and return to neutral to actually disengage the propeller from spinning. Has anyone else had a similar problem - and how did you resolve it?
Bigshot posted 09-25-2002 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Either a sticking gear shift rod(doubtful but happens) or a sticking or misadjusted cable. Now it does not necessarily have to be the shift cable, could be the throttle. If it has been fine and recently started sticking, my guess is a bad cable, not an adjustment. Either cable is probably corroded at that point where it sticks and I would start there. Disconnect the shift cable from the engine and move the shift manually. This will not be easy being engine is not running. You will have to spin the prop with your foot while you try and engage the shift mechanism. If she moves from reverse to neutral to forward easily, then you have to check your cables. If it does not want to shift, you have a corroded shift rod. Do not force it, they can snap and then you in deep doodoo.
smeric posted 09-27-2002 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for smeric  Send Email to smeric     
I had a similar problem on my Newport (Johnson 70 w/ Morse shifter) and it turned out to be a missing screw where the shift cable connected to the shifter under the console. A small clamp holds the outer casing of the cable in firmly place so that the cable moves inside it when the shifter lever is moved. One of the two screws holding the clamp in place fell out, so when I moved the shift lever, the entire cable housing slid 1/2 inch through the clamp before the cable inside started to move.

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