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Old 05 February 2011, 07:06   #1
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help with removing lower gearbox please?!!

I am trying to remove the lower gearbox on my '98 Evinrude 2 stroke and have removed all the bolts but it is only coming out half an inch. Any ideas why it isnt coming any further? It seems to be the end nearest the transom that is holding it up. Any suggestions would be much appreciated, i have attached a pic below.
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Old 05 February 2011, 07:34   #2
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Could possibly be that the water tube, gear selector rod or the drive shaft are a little corroded into place. Assuming you have definitely removed all bolts, then I can't see it being anything else.
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Try a good shoogle and maybe a tap or two from a dod of wood. Shouldn't be anything holding it on.
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tried hitting it with a hammer and moving it about, I'm sure its the gear selector thats holding it in place, is there a particular gear it should be in? I've had it in neutral.
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tried hitting it with a hammer and moving it about, I'm sure its the gear selector thats holding it in place, is there a particular gear it should be in? I've had it in neutral.
hows it supposed to split? I know on some engines you need to undo a nut somewhere inside the leg so the two halfs come apart. Not sure if this applies to Evinrudes.
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If it's moved that much then it is probably the gear linkage holding on to it now.

On some older Johnsons I've worked on the gearchange rod is in one piece all the way up to the change mechanism under the cowl and needs to be disconnected there by removing a pin or bolt before the bottom end can be dropped.

have a look under the cowl and whilst lifting and dropping the bottom end see if the gearchange mechanism is moved by the linkage.

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If it's moved that much then it is probably the gear linkage holding on to it now.

On some older Johnsons I've worked on the gearchange rod is in one piece all the way up to the change mechanism under the cowl and needs to be disconnected there by removing a pin or bolt before the bottom end can be dropped.

have a look under the cowl and whilst lifting and dropping the bottom end see if the gearchange mechanism is moved by the linkage.

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Yup, you need to disconnect the shift rod at the linkeage as Nasher says.
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tried hitting it with a hammer and moving it about, I'm sure its the gear selector thats holding it in place, is there a particular gear it should be in? I've had it in neutral.
Get yourself a workshop manual before you break something

The shift rod on the evinrude is connected to the shift lever at the front of the engine. You need to undo a bolt to remove it and you also need to check it adjusted correctly whilst the gearbox is off.

All this is covered in a workshop manual.
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Thanks for all the advice, yup its connected righ the way up to the cowl so thats where I'd have to disconnect it.

Workshop manuals probably not such a bad idea!
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Have a look at this Although it shows an Etec, the gearboxes haven't changed for years, so should point you in the right direction. Also see the video on setting the shift rod height.
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