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John O posted 06-02-2002 08:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for John O  
My Johnson 1988 88hp igs real difficult to tilt the motor. Just boat the Newtauk (88) and have greased three spots on the motor, How does one grease the piston that slides up and down. Need to tilt motor as i will be in a tidal slip, i cant find a pin to grease. is there a cap to br removed?
Steve Leone posted 06-03-2002 12:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
would you like to buy a powr trim/tilt system for your outboard? steve out
John O posted 06-03-2002 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
very got me
Boston Marine posted 06-04-2002 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Boston Marine    
That piston is called a "Gas Strut" much the same as on a automobile. They cannot be lubed. The best way to cure your problem is to simoly replace the old with new as the old one has probably lost it's gas charge and is not assisting in your effort to raise the engine. My .02
John O posted 06-04-2002 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Took a propane torch to the hinges on the tilt and heat up the grease. Loostened one of the nuts and regreased. the tilt is working. I was able to lift the motor from inside the boat on the trailer. It is heavey but much improved.. replacing gas shock would have been 400 plus dollars. Whew !!!

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