Suzuki 4hp problem
Need some help please, when I bought my recent boat it came with a Suzuki 4hp outboard, had a chance yesterday to have it running on the sea, (ps had a great day in the bay of Torbay and Teigmouth, very choppy sea though, redbay loved it) managed to get the engine started fine, but it would not allow me to select any gears, it seems that the little safety rod that goes down into the gearbox is stuck.
Looking at it when you lower the engine it should lock in a vertical postion and click and then the rod moves upwards i think allowing the gears to be selected.
I tried to move it but did not want to damage it, any ideas, is this spring loaded and is there anything I am doing stupid. Unfortunately I did not get a manual for the auxiliary engine.
Any ideas would be grateful, it's a 2002 Suzuki 4hp 4 stroke