- First, examine the condition of the connections on the unit. If there is any corrosion on the connections, make
sure to clean it with a wire brush. You can access the cable by removing the cover of the engine, and looking for the shift
control which is located on the shift plate towards the back left side of the engine. Loosen the nut on the bolt that is located
on the left side of the shift plate. Make sure to push the bolt down when re-tightening the bolt if it was not in the lowest
- Manually turn the propeller counterclockwise with your hands, while someone else slowly pushes the shift
control into the forward position all the way. The prop shaft should stop as soon as forward gear has engaged. Remove any
slack in the cable by pulling on the cover that goes over the shift cable on the side near the shift lever bolt. Look for
the brass cylinder and pin, and remove them. Turn the cylinder to remove any extra cable. The hole where the pin was should
be lined up with the end of the cable when it is adjust correctly.
- Turn the brass cylinder away from the plastic guide
a few turns after you have aligned the pin hole and the end of the cable. Return the cylinder and end of the cable into where
they were on the shift plate. Install the pin and nuts. Manually turn the propeller clockwise this time, while someone else
pulls the shift lever in the full reverse position. The shaft should lock out once reverse gear is engaged.
- If the
drive did not engage into reverse, loosen the shift lever bolt located on the rear left side of the engine that you loosened
and tightened earlier. This time instead of pushing the bolt down, push it up a little and re-tighten the nut. Check to see
if you can engage the drive into reverse (step 3 by turning propeller clockwise while someone pulls the shift lever into reverse).
If it doesn't engage into reverse, keep adjusting the position of the stud in the shift plate until it does. Make sure to
double check all the connections before closing up the engine cover. *Note - if you can't get the drive to engage into gear
after you make several attempts at adjusting it, the cable has stretched out more than an adjustment can fix. You will need
to replace this cable a new one (P/N 21450 OEM 865436A03).