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Verado Shift Actuator Alarm

Old 02-24-2018, 07:28 PM
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Any idea what I screwed up when I replaced the water pumps? First time out after new water pumps, and center engine came up with this alarm. Made for a slow easy day on the water, but I like to have that mid engine back in gear....
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:31 PM
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If you if misaligned the shift shaft it will push up and bind. Drop the lower unit and ensure it it is in neutral and reinstall. Common problem.
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:37 PM
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yeah what sucks is that there isn't a flat spot like the older engines for a visual reference.

Neat part is that there are enough dirve shaft splines so you don't have to leave it in gear to stick it back up.
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Old 02-28-2018, 08:49 PM
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Well, thanks for all the advice guys/gals. Today I went to work and while I was waiting at the airport these two friendly fellas walked up to me and asked a few questions about jets (I’m a Captain for a major airline and was in uniform). I gladly answered and we started chatting. One of the guys answered a a phone call and the words “motors” was mentioned. After he was done ( and they told me they were from Wisconsin) I said; y’all happen to work for Mercury? In which they both replied; yes, yes we do. I instantly said; so, if this guy do a 300 hr service and get this alarm, then what? So my issue is now brought up to the top level, and they will send me the instructions to align it, as well as update the factory service manual on how to align the shaft after a 300 hr service. A small step for mankind, but it sure made my day. They came down to help a guy with a black yellowfin with quads. And yet there are people buying Japanese motors made from crappy Chinese aluminum to hang on their American made boats...
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send me a copy of what they send you, i would like to have it
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send me a copy of what they send you, i would like to have it
I will post it here, no worries.
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XXL engines are the hardest to align. Were you able to get yours aligned properly?

It is much easier if you have an extra person to verify the actator remains in neutral. Remove the 3 bolts from the front of one side chap and use Vise Grips barely clamped onto the shift shaft to aid with alignment. It’s more touch and feel alignment than visual on XXL engines. If you spin the propshaft, it will rotate the shift shaft. There is enough room, before contacting the mounting studs, to rotate the entire lower unit to help align the driveshaft. You can also have some help rotate the flywheel by hand to align the driveshaft.
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XXL engines are the hardest to align. Were you able to get yours aligned properly?

It is much easier if you have an extra person to verify the actator remains in neutral. Remove the 3 bolts from the front of one side chap and use Vise Grips barely clamped onto the shift shaft to aid with alignment. Itís more touch and feel alignment than visual on XXL engines. If you spin the propshaft, it will rotate the shift shaft. There is enough room, before contacting the mounting studs, to rotate the entire lower unit to help align the driveshaft. You can also have some help rotate the flywheel by hand to align the driveshaft.
I have not attempted it yet, but Iíve learned that I do not need to drain the oil, as one can lower the lower unit enough to align the shaft without draining the oil. I will hack at it once I get home from work next week.
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Kim Iíve the same thing going on now after my service, did you get it figured out? Can you please send me those directions? Thanks
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Kim Iíve the same thing going on now after my service, did you get it figured out? Can you please send me those directions? Thanks
Get a jack under the lower unit, loosen the lower unit, then lower it about 2Ē. Now the shift shaft should be loose and you can verify itís operation by selecting F-N-R with ignition on and the engine not running. Once the shaft rotates as it should, align the splines and raise the lower slowly, making sure the shift shaft stays aligned and the pitot tube is attached.

My shift shaft appeard to be stuck, but once I wiggled the shat around a little bit it worked perfectly.

After youre done thereís a test you can perform to make sure itís aligned and set properly. The test is in the manual and Iíll look it up for you and send you a copy if you donít have it.
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I feel your pain. Did the same thing on center motor last service. It's the center because it's the hardest (F-ing Murphy).
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Well, thanks for all the advice guys/gals. Today I went to work and while I was waiting at the airport these two friendly fellas walked up to me and asked a few questions about jets (Iím a Captain for a major airline and was in uniform). I gladly answered and we started chatting. One of the guys answered a a phone call and the words ďmotorsĒ was mentioned. After he was done ( and they told me they were from Wisconsin) I said; yíall happen to work for Mercury? In which they both replied; yes, yes we do. I instantly said; so, if this guy do a 300 hr service and get this alarm, then what? So my issue is now brought up to the top level, and they will send me the instructions to align it, as well as update the factory service manual on how to align the shaft after a 300 hr service. A small step for mankind, but it sure made my day. They came down to help a guy with a black yellowfin with quads. And yet there are people buying Japanese motors made from crappy Chinese aluminum to hang on their American made boats...
I met my fair share of Merc techs at various functions and on the road as well. Always super nice guys. I think most folks would be surprised to really know the level of hands on support they do in the field. Plus....when you are in FL not too difficult in encourage someone from Wisconsin to fly South in the winter!
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