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Old 22 May 2016, 16:19   #1
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Sticky - super hard to move throttle on opti 150

Ok so had a mini Refurb on the rib this year complete wiring, new toys, engine decals and good respray and get excited today and fire her up. As usually she fired up strait away.

Then as I finished up and packed her away I thought I would try the shift and I to reverse like silk but stupidly hard going into forwards throttle

Controller and cables we installed September last year and new.

So I took the controller apart and no issues there

However I did notice that one cable was extremely hard to move

Did the horrible job of dropping g the side cowling off and removed both cables to find out both were super silky and easy to move

Swapped out what I thought was the problem cable for a new one just in case and put back together to find out it's worse than before I fact I can hardly move the control

Are there any known issues with optimax's?

There is what I will describe and a sliding wing nut that turns and keeps the cable in place are these ever an issue?
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Old 22 May 2016, 17:27   #2
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Were you trying to shift into gear without the engine running ? You should only do this with it running or you can bend the shift shaft ,,,,
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Old 22 May 2016, 17:31   #3
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Thinking about it yes it was after I turned it off .... Is that bad news?
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Old 22 May 2016, 17:35   #4
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Power head off 😁
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Try it again with the engine running ,,,,if it's still a problem then 😱
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,,,,, and check that the cables are adjusted correctly (engine end) ,,, easy instructions in the workshop manual
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I was just thinking that probably because I don't want to face trying to find someone who can sort the bent shaft

Wonder if they were moved when removed

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The instructions for my Merc 4 stroke said you can shift into forwards with the engine off with no issues but should manually turn the prop to shift into reverse. Can't remember which way you had to turn the prop though.

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Thanks - got someone coming to have a look and see how much damage is done
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I have found in the past that the lock nut that holds the gear linkage together under the powerhead didnt lock and over time tightened up, with a long spanner try undoing that nut about one turn, if its just that you dont need to take of the p/h.
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