Originally Posted by Tim M
The "Quicksilver" side mounted control boxes have a habit of getting really stiff with age. I took mine apart and greased it quite heavily, although it's still stiff! Other brands probably suffer with the same problems.
As for the steering, there should be a couple of grease nipples on the tube which runs through the outbaord where your steering cable goes. You could try getting some grease into these. Use a waterproof grease, I use something called "Auqa lube" or "Aqua glide" can't remember which. If not replace the steering cable!
Tims correct, though i had an old Evinrude up until late last year that the grease seals had corroded away to nothing on, the stearing bar used to stick tight if the boat wasn't used for a few weeks, a sharp tap with a club hammer did the trick
My Yam control box has a screw at the front to loosen or tighten the throttle