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Overly Stiff Throttle-Then Doesn't Hold at Speed
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posted 08-05-2004 01:40 PM ET (US)
Well, the dealer told me at my sea trial that the throttle was stiff but that it would loosen up after a few hours. It hasn't and now has started backing off several hundred rpm's when in moderate chop. I'm wondering if the cable is sticking within it's housing. I'm also concerned that adjusting it at the control will make it worse. Has anyone else had this on a 170 Montuak?
posted 08-06-2004 10:09 AM ET (US)
You have a lazy, and in my opinion, useless dealer! Yes, they loosen up over time, several years when they reach 'sloppy'. However nothing works or feels better then a brand new set of cables attached to a brand new control! Sounds like something wasn't setup right and it should be their problem not your's.
I had a 21' Regal with a Mercruiser and it had very little power steering assistance. Dealer told me it would get better over time (how!?!) Took it back once again, they told me they changed the fluid and tightened the belt (serpentine, can't be tightened). I took it to another dealer, he took the time to pressure test it and found the pump was out of spec, problem solved..
Stay on their case or take it to another authorized dealer..
ps.. stiff usually translates into a (or a few) bend(s) that are too tight in the cable. Most controls have a tension adjustment to stop creep, they probably found the control too stiff due to a poorly placed cable and backed the tension right off, thus, stiff going forward (against the springs in the motor) and creeps back on its own.
To quick check yourself, remove the cable at the motor and advance (motor off) the motor throttle, it should be easy, smooth and have spring resistance. Then, while the cable is still off, have someone hold the engine end while you advance the throttle at the control. They should find it impossible to stop the cable movement and you should find it nearly as impossible to even know they are trying to stop it. One of those 2 tests should produce the stiffness and prove it into the cables or the engine.
posted 08-06-2004 02:51 PM ET (US)
Greg, thanks a bunch. I'm going to do the test you described as soon as I get a helper. Sadly my dealer (or any) is 2 hours away by freeway so I'll be doing everything possible to track it down myself. You'd think after a few model years Whaler would route cables the same way each time, in other words, the correct way.
posted 08-06-2004 04:31 PM ET (US)
I am in the same boat as you - "Our" dealer is a little far to keep trailering back up there. I have a new Dauntless 180 with the same problem except my throttle doesn't slip back. I just have to fight with it to shift and smoothly accelerate. They are going to have to release some pressure - reroute the cables as it has too tight of a bend going from the stern opening and then turning and running towards the center console. I have 68 hours on it and it's no better.
Contact me via email as I have a more local merc mechanic that is going to re-route those cables "under the warranty and authorized by BW" AND he makes house calls!
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