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Old 11-04-2018, 10:52 AM
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I ran a ground in my 21" Mako Bay Shark powered by a 2001 Mercury 200hp EFI. Once stopped I was unable to move the shift lever out of the forward postion into neutral. Upon examining the motor I noticed the shift shaft was bowed forward. The exhaust housing/drive shaft was tilted back/up. There are two 1" tubes on either side of the exhaust housing/drive shaft housing that were extended about 3" out of their casings (the picture shows one of these rods back in the correct position). With considerable effort I was able to move the exhaust housing/drive shaft back into the proper position which allowed the two rods to move back into the casings and to cause the Shift Shaft to resume to it's normal position. The shifter then worked normally. Once I was able to float the boat it started up and operated normally.

1. I have no idea what those two rods are or what their function is. I never even noticed them before. Are they now compromised now that they have forcibly extended and retracted?
2. What concern should I have for the shift shaft?

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Mike

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Those are your two lower motor mounts, I think they should be evaluated by a Mercury mechanic.
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It happens to all of us at some point, take your medicine and drop it off to your mechanic. Otherwise you could potentially Jack something else up.
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If you aint run aground you aint been around!
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Just went out and had to pick throgh a really shallow area that most everyone runs aground or a least stirs up some mud! -Bennetts Creek
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Thanks guys, found the mounts on a parts list. $108.00 per. Not too expensive of a lesson. There’s a YouTube video that shows how to replace them. Any thoughts on the shift shaft?
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Have lots of patience losening the crews.
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Run aground backwards should resolve the problems.
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Thanks guys, found the mounts on a parts list. $108.00 per. Not too expensive of a lesson. There’s a YouTube video that shows how to replace them. Any thoughts on the shift shaft?
If it doesn't straighten on its own ( when the mounts are repaired ) you might need to push on it a little bit, there's typically a turnbuckle type of adjustment on the shaft and always where the cables hook up if your shift doesn't work properly ( and it's important that you have equal movement on both sides of neutral ).
"Once stopped I was unable to move the shift lever out of the forward postion into neutral" Was the engine running at this time? It's not unusual for a lower unit do not want to shift when the engine was not running and it shouldn't be forced, But that's typically more problem trying to go into gear rather than into neutral so the shaft was possibly bound up because of the mounts.
Gerald

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