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sfl21sfl21 Boca Raton Posts: 1 Greenhorn
Hey guys I have a quick question, when boat is tested on land F/N/R shift properly and work perfect. After putting boat in water on the other hand, while in forward boat will not switch to N but will pass N and go to Reverse. Now if you turn the engine off while moving forward very slow but in N position and turn engine right back on boat starts in N and not in gear? Any ideas? Baga 1985 V8 Mercruiser Thank you


  • FS DanFS Dan Posts: 2,353 Moderator
    one culprit could be the shift cable being out of adjustment. sounds like its adjusted to close to reverse while its in the neutral detent on the shifter. does it ever grind or not shift into forward if you just bump it into gear at idle?

    Formerly Catmandew
  • Alex from GAAlex from GA Posts: 1,517 Captain
    If I remember correctly the Mercruisers have a switch to momentarily kill the engine to shift.  They were a PIA to adjust correctly.  It's been 30+ years since I've worked on one of those.
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