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Old 21 November 2015, 15:25   #1
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Question about manual tilting Suzuki DF140

I tilted my DF140 up to flush it and now I can not tilt it down. The boat is on a lift.
The owner's manual has a procedure for tilting it down manually. It also has a warning to ensure you are able to support the motor because it is very heavy.
Is it going to come crashing down as soon as I turn the manual release screw? Since I am by myself I don't see how I can support it at the time I am turning the manual release screw.
Would it make sense to set the tilt lever to stop it from coming down? I'm reluctant to do that because I don't see how I will be able to release the tilt lever if the weight of the motor is on it.
I need to lower it because freezing weather is a day away and I understand it needs to be upright in order to drain properly.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 21 November 2015, 18:20   #2
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The screw (valve) in the side of the saddle allows the hydraulic fluid to escape from the ram. Releasing it slowly normally allows the engine to move down gently. You can always close the screw if it moves a bit quick.
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