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    Default A Lot of Play in Gear Shift Handle

    Hey folks, I just picked this motor up. It doesn't pump water so I'm getting a new impeller, but there's another thing I noticed that I don't know how to fix. It will shift through all the gears just fine, but once in any of the gears (F, N, R) there is a lot of play in the handle. I'll link a video. What does it take to fix this?

    Thanks for all the help!

    https://vimeo.com/463999127

    Edit: 6hp Evinrude, think it's around 1975, the model/serial number plate seems to have been removed for painting and never found its way back on.

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    Default Re: A Lot of Play in Gear Shift Handle

    Check the bolts in the shift rod connecter.----Or the bell crank at the top of the shift rod is broken.----Remove lower unit for the first item.----If that is good then check shift rod going into the lower unit for any slack.-----Powerhead needs to be removed to inspect top of shift rod..

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    Ok, thanks racer.

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    That's busted up top..... I'm pretty sure. Got one at home.....same thing. We are up on Canada border....little fishing, camping break. Had to check in so my friends here won't think I died. The one I have at home will be repaired upon our return. Already have it sold. Wish I had it here instead of this worthless 4 stroke Yamaha 4 horse......looses spark when hot.

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    Busted up top meaning I'll have to pull the power head and have a look?

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    You can split the water pump opening just enough to see shift shaft to make certain. Then move forward if you see movement not corresponding to shift lever action.....then you will know for sure where the slack is. Then remove powerhead and repair, my friend.

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    Default Re: A Lot of Play in Gear Shift Handle

    Maybe it will fix itself if you put some amsoil on it.

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    In the original post, you said you are going to replace the water pump anyway. Seems pretty cut and dried to me. Go ahead with the water pump job. As part of the job, you will have the lower unit off. Then there is no better or surer way to diagnose the shift looseness. Simply grab hold of the shift rod and see if it slops up and down. Instant diagnosis.

    My bet is the powerhead has to come off. No big deal, easy job.

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    Thanks everyone for the feedback. I'll give an update once I get the lower unit off, won't be for a few days, don't want to upset Boobie if he's watching.

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    Ha! Good idea.....for sure.

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    Ugh, I just snapped the heads off of 2 of the 4 bolts holding the lower unit on. Will I be able to pull the lower unit off through those bolts or is the bottom part threaded along with the top part?

    Edit: If it matters the two that snapped were on the back side, the two on the front came out intact.

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    Default Re: A Lot of Play in Gear Shift Handle

    It should pull off those broken bolt remains. However, they probably are seized/corroded in the aluminum surrounding them. That is why they wouldn't turn, causing them to break

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    So I'm thinking some heat, some wiggling, some wooden hammer tapping, and a lot of patience is the trick.

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    Default Re: A Lot of Play in Gear Shift Handle

    Might need a little heat and tapping. Salt water motor?
    Gonna fix my 6 hp tomorrow morning with same sloppy shifter.
    Last edited by timguy; 10-07-2020 at 01:14 AM.

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    I didn't think it was a salt water motor, but I didn't ask when I picked it up.

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    I didn't know if I should make a new thread or reuse the old post. I finally got around to getting the lower unit free. I noticed that the gear shift linkage screw heads were on the port side of the motor. The manual shows the heads on the starboard side of the motor. I'm suspicious that the previous owner flipped it around. Can you men of great experience tell me if this is correct?
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    Default Re: A Lot of Play in Gear Shift Handle

    It makes no difference which way it is.

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    Ok, thanks. I'll get a water pump repair kit and put it back together to see if the play was in the linkage or not.

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    Default Re: A Lot of Play in Gear Shift Handle

    I would pull the power head ( easy ) to inspect linkages.-----And the important mechanical seal under the power head.

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    Default Re: A Lot of Play in Gear Shift Handle

    What are you going to upset Boobie about ????

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    Default Re: A Lot of Play in Gear Shift Handle

    Quote Originally Posted by Boobie View Post
    What are you going to upset Boobie about ????
    I have noticed that you don't like it when people take a long time to act on the advice of the people on the forum, but I knew it was going to take me a long time to work on this motor.

    As for pulling the power head. The screws holding the power head aren't any kinder than those that held the lower unit. I snapped one trying to get it off. I'm not looking forward to the potential headache of all of them breaking so I think I will wait for spring to continue work on it.

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    Don't worry Swarlos, I'll try to avoid ever helping you again. It's just common courtesy to get back to a person that has helped you on a problem but O'well.

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