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  • Need advice, motor troubles

    Posted by cmacfish on January 23, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Guys, I was out Tuesday for the first time since a week before Thanksgiving and my outboard worked great. I cranked my motor up (1992 Yamaha, 85hp) and everything sounded normal. I put it in gear and didn’t go anywhere. The prop turns in forward and reverse but it doesn’t move the boat. Normally when I put the boat in gear I hear it catch/click and I didn’t hear that. I got the boat home and took the prop of and it there was no line wrapped around anything and it looked like plenty of grease. I put the muffs on and cranked it up and I felt it catch a few times and a few time it didn’t when putting it in gear. I don’t have the funds right now to pay to have it fixed but I’m handy enough to be dangerous (haha) but I need a little guidance. This motor has been solid for the past 7 years and I don’t want to make the problem worse by doing something I shouldn’t. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Brian replied 9 years ago 6 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Abe

    Member
    January 24, 2015 at 3:24 am

    I would start by looking at the motor with the cover off to see if cable is moving at the motor and the shift rod is moving properly when you put it in gear. (with the motor off) You may need someone to shift it in gear while you watch what is moving. I am not familiar with a Yamaha but on most motors, the shift rod from the lower unit should be up under the power head. The cable should connect to some linkage that leads to the shift rod so you should be able to trace it down. If you are lucky, maybe the bolt that connects the shift rod to the linkage is loose or came out. If so that should be an easy fix. If it is shifting into gear right, then you shouldn’t be able to easily turn the prop since it will be engaged with the engine. Good Luck!

  • heiny

    Member
    January 25, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Maybe the prop hub rubber is shot, my brothers just went out, prop turns but not enough to push boat.

  • simplecircuit

    Member
    January 25, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Heiny’s guess seems pretty reasonable.
    Check the prop hub. It would probably spin fine out of the water, but start to slip when under load in the water. Should be easy to check.
    J.

  • Brian

    Administrator
    January 25, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    sounds like hub to me.

  • cmacfish

    Member
    January 25, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks guys. I will check the hub tomorrow and if that’s not it I will check the shift rod. I’ll keep you posted.

  • heiny

    Member
    January 26, 2015 at 10:59 pm
  • cmacfish

    Member
    June 27, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I finally had time to take my boat down to Clark Marine after 6 months. They say the gear casing is shot. Any suggestions on where to take it for a 2nd opinion? It’s an 85hp Yamaha.

  • heiny

    Member
    June 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    The guy I use is Hank parsley, he is on the outskirts on Murfreesboro kind of heading towards Woodbury. 615-895-7559, 3335 Cranor Road, Murfreesboro 37130.

  • chawchaw

    Member
    June 27, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    i would call bryans guy, ben malone. he is awesome

  • Brian

    Administrator
    June 27, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    I’m out of the repair business, but he is still do it on his own. However, he steers clear of motor work. I recommend Anderson Marine for a 2nd quote. You can use the coupon offered on the top of the premium page…. $50 OFF ON A MINIMUM $150 SERVICE.

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