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Old 02-12-2020, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Shift issues - Maxum 2300SC, 1999

I have an issue with the shift mechanism being stiff to move from forward to astern and visa versa. On the quay it seems ok then after a run it gets really stiff. I had an engineer look at it and he says it's probably the cable from the bridge unit to the drive underwater. However, he couldn't replicate the problem on the quay. He also stated it may have to come out of the water.

I'd appreciate any suggestions as to what the problem might be?

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Old 02-12-2020, 03:40 PM   #2

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There is a shift cable that runs through the transom assembly into the outdrive. The drive will need to be off to replace that cable. That will require the boat be out of the water.

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Old 02-12-2020, 05:39 PM   #3
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There are two cables; one from the helm control to the shift bracket on the engine and the other from the shift bracket to the transom assembly that engages with the outdrive shift mechanism. Try disconnecting the second cable from the shift bracket to see if the helm shift now moves freely and if so the lower cable needs replacement.
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