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Old 01-02-2020, 08:16 PM
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Default Suzuki 140 Tilt Stuck In Down Position

I changed ptt fluid reservoir o-ring and o-rings next to tilt cylinder due to leak detected but now my tilt cylinder is stuck in down position. I hear motor working with clicks in both up and down position but no movement. I tried opening manual release valve but nothing changed. Reservoir has some fluid as I filled it a few days ago while tilt cylinder was in down position. Help! Any easy way to get the tilt cylinder to go up? Thanks!
Old 01-02-2020, 09:03 PM
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Is the pump running? Is it making a gurgling sound? You want to put fluid in while holding the trim up button. It will draw fluid in. Since you have the pin out of the tilt cylinder, start with both the trim and tilt cylinders down all the way. Don't mess with the manual release valve. Make sure it's turned in, (clockwise) tight.

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yes get the air out..
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Is the motor just clicking or running?

Sounds like low battery or faulty connection.

Start there then do what the guys said above.
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The motor is running. It sounds like it normally did in the past but tilt rod doesn't move. After work today, I'll try putting more fluid in by holding in trim "up" button. I think it's air locked. I'll report back.
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Needs to be bled, and it can take a while. There are a few good vids on youtube.
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Needs to be bled, and it can take a while. There are a few good vids on youtube.
Needs bleeding to get air out .

Loosen manual override screw pull leg up and down a few times .
Make sure oil reservoir is full in the up position does make a mess as air escapes .
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I think it has to fill the trim cylinders tight with fluid before the tilt cylinder will lift.
Run it up for a while, check reservoir fluid and top it off , repeat until you get tilt rod moving .
I think.
Try opening release valve and filler cap, then see if you can push in the trim rods with a block of wood to burp air out of them ?
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Rap on the motor with a hammer...nicely ...bushings might be stuck..
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I got the tilt rod cylinder up! Just let air out of manual release valve. I may have opened reservoir cap too. Air was main problem. Now, I am in air bleed hell! I have been air bleeding the system all day but the “UP” will still not hold. The “down” bites but not the up. I’ll bleed again in morning. Long process! Any advice on air bleeding would be welcome for sure! Lots of fluid coming out of reservoir with air but just not biting in up direction. I’ve refilled a few times too. I’ll let it sit overnight.
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All that is required to "bleed the air" is to fully cycle all three pistons -
from all the way in, to all the way out.
If the pistons won't move all the way by themselves,
pull or push as needed while the pump is running to 'help' complete the stroke.

Keep the cap on the reservoir until all three rams are fully extended,
then add fluid until overflowing.

Repeat.
3 cycles should do it, certainly no more than 5 times.
Its that simple.
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Only remove the fill cap when fully up. Will burp out air then fill. Cycle fully down then up lots of times. Checking level and topping off when up till it stays full and gets smooth.
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Thank you very much for your responses. I’ll try the methods described above this morning. Will report back.
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i went through this fiasco on a Mercury recently .

here is how i solved the issue.

lift the motor as high as possible with the manual release "open"., place the motor on the travel holder and use some spacers to keep the motor in full "UP" position.
remove the filler cap and allow all the air to purge, this took almost an hour of going back and forth topping the reservoir a little at a time .
close the manual release and put cap on.

cycle 2 or 3 full cycles and when fully up top the reservoir .

it should have no air after this procedure.

good luck PIA when they get a gut full of air..
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Thank you!
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Fill res with motor fully up cycle and then repeat until takes no more oil. In up position
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All fixed!!! Boat ran great this afternoon. Thank you all for your instructions. This forum is awesome! One of the things that I did differently to begin with was detach the main tilt rod from the engine. I had it attached and I wasn’t able to get the tilt rod down. When I detached it, I pushed it down and let air out through release valve. Lots of ups and downs with tilt/trim and then refill in reservoir with fluid but eventually air was bled out. Wear gloves and have rags handy. It was a huge effort but rewarding. I am hoping to help someone else one day too. 😊
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