I recently purchased what appears to be an excellent condition 2000 Tohatsu 15 hp 2-stroke outboard. The only thing that concerns me about it is the throttle doesn't "spring" back to idle when you release it, like I'm used to with other motors I've used. I'm not certain if this is just the way Tohatsu designed this era of motors, or whether a spring is missing. Take a look at the throttle linkage I took some photos of:
That hole that I've circled appears to me like it could be where a spring should be located to bring the throttle back to idle when released. Indeed, if there was a spring there, I think it would do just that (seems it would have to be pretty strong). If so, I just can't see where the other end of it was meant to be connected.
So is my motor missing a part or is this just the way it was designed?