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Old 07 May 2007, 03:52   #1
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Mercury 90 Stiff Gears

Hi,

I have a Mercury 90, four stroke and the control lever has gone very stiff, particularly in the astern position. The throttle is fine.

It is a Mercury single lever control.

Just wondered if anyone has experienced the sam problem and can guide me?

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Old 07 May 2007, 04:15   #2
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Hi,

I have a Mercury 90, four stroke and the control lever has gone very stiff, particularly in the astern position. The throttle is fine.

It is a Mercury single lever control.

Just wondered if anyone has experienced the sam problem and can guide me?

Thanks

Tony
Took mine (the control) to pieces a month or so ago. Half an hour to get it off the console and the cables off. It was the throttle that was stiff with mine. Gears no problem. The grease was dry and hardening, so I cleaned off what I could and plastered plenty back. Three hours or more to put it back together again - and then again and again until it worked. It's now much easier, but not as good as I'd like. I think the answer is new cables.
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The Mercury throttles are always stiff (so I've been told by Fairweather Marine). I also had this problem with mine, I had new platinum cables during the installation and also took the throttle control lever to pieces and greased up. But still stiff! I knew that the cables and lever mechanism was fine because when I detatched the control cables from the engine is was smooth as silk.

The problem for me was that the carb linkage was stiff, it seems a crap design and a common fault. On my particular outboard the carbs where stripped off and cleaned. It was found that a build up of corrosion in the spindles of the carb flaps was partly to blame for stiff operation. However when these where cleaned and reassembled the throttle still wasn't as good as other outboard controls I have used.

Try disconnecting the linkage from the outboard, it's a 10 min job to check and all you need are small fingers or a long nose plier to remove the spring pins. That'll show whether the problem lies in the cables and lever or the outboard end.
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I have just gone through a similar thing with my Johnson, I kept mucking about greasing stuff and taking the control box to pieces avoiding shelling out on new cables, however nothing really worked that effectively. Finally I got new cables and the difference is huge, even though you may think the cables are ok once they are put under load that is where they get sticky and cause load more drag on the system.

My advice would be before you spend any time on control boxes or gear selectors rule out the most likely problem first which is the cables.

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Plan of attack!

So, what I plan to do is this:

1) Remove cables at engine end.
2) Check for stiffness or binding in throttle assembly.
3) If still stiff, remove remote from console and diamantle. I assume I have to pull the whole assy out before I can get at anything? I can't see a way in from the 'drivers' side??
4) If it is the engine end, worry!

Does that sound like a plan??

Anybody know how much new cables are, roughly??

Thanks.

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Jabs,

I would have try a new pair of cables at the top of that list, you should be able to pick up a pair for 60.00

Bear in mind that the gear shift lever will be quite stiff to move by hand especially if the engine is not turning over, you may have to turn the prop over with your foot to get it to go all the way into gear. On mine you can only just push it into gear by hand and this is quite normal so I was told by a mechanic

Also the throttle on mine is quite well sprung (as it should be) and as you open it up and it is moving all the various levers etc it does provide quite a lot of resistance however the one thing I did make sure was that there was no binding.

On mine when you took the cables off and then moved the lever on the control box it felt fine, then when you connected up the gear shift it felt OK although stiffer then when you connected up the throttle it got really stiff. Yet if I disconnected the Gear shift it then felt OK again.

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Tony, don't buy anything yet. Save your 's because you really don't know what's wrong!

Stripping and diagnosing like you've already suggested is a good free way of identifying which end is at fault.

If money is no object or you realy don't know what to do, let a proffesional take a look.




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So, what I plan to do is this:

1) Remove cables at engine end.
2) Check for stiffness or binding in throttle assembly.
3) If still stiff, remove remote from console and diamantle. I assume I have to pull the whole assy out before I can get at anything? I can't see a way in from the 'drivers' side??
4) If it is the engine end, worry!

Does that sound like a plan??

Anybody know how much new cables are, roughly??

Thanks.

Tony
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if it seems like the cables are stiff then get some platinum ones, they will run close to 120 for a pair but be well worth it

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On mine when you took the cables off and then moved the lever on the control box it felt fine, then when you connected up the gear shift it felt OK although stiffer then when you connected up the throttle it got really stiff. Yet if I disconnected the Gear shift it then felt OK again.
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I can't understand why outboard remotes are so poor. The standard Teleflex Morse controls you'll find in so many motor boats and yachts are usually finger light with a lovely feel to the action. The cables last for years and years (in fifteen years of full time commercial use on my old ketch I had one cable fail, and that was because someone stood on it while working on the engine). The control is side mounted and exposed to the elements, just like on a RIB, and yet you can still move it easily with one finger.

In comparison my quicksilver Mercury control has felt tacky and crude from new - though, to be fair, it does work.
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More advise needed, please!

Right, we are getting somewhere, probably not where I wanted to go.

I removed the cables from the engine and the remote is as smmoth as can be.

So.. What is the problem.

The throttle on the engine is free and smooth to move, so it has to be the gear change.

I spoke to a chap at Ribex who thought the gearbox needed shimming. Does that make sense.

My proposed next moves are:

Remove lower unit.

Check gear shift mechanism in remaining engine for freedom.

Examing gearbix shift as far as I can.

Probably take gearbox to someone who knows what they are doing.

Next question??

Who is a good Mercury service company in Hants/Berks??

Warsash Marine have been mentioned??
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