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#571626 - 08/29/18 12:04 PM shift cable adjustment  
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skidmark Offline
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Hi guys, guy on my Mustang forum recommended this site. I've got a 91 Larson with a 3.0 Mercruiser Alpha One, my dad bought it new and it has only 212 hrs. Long story short it overheated and cracked the head. Found a replacement head, replaced impeller and thermostat. Boat runs great and cool now. My son used it for 2 solid days and then on the 3rd day it wouldn't shift into forward, just revs. How do I adjust the shift cable? Did many searches. The adjustment barrel is pinned in place. Everyone says its a specific process to follow, but no one will say what it is!! Help!!

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#571634 - 08/30/18 02:46 PM Re: shift cable adjustment [Re: skidmark]  
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This is the best boating forum out there but for technical questions you might give a shot.

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#571638 - 08/30/18 09:41 PM Re: shift cable adjustment [Re: skidmark]  
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It’s tough to explain unless you do it everyday. Manuals have the procedure in them (clymers,etc). YouTube has some vids as well.

Good luck.

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#571641 - 08/31/18 01:51 AM Re: shift cable adjustment [Re: skidmark]  
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It adjusts on both ends, at the shift lever and out back on the engine...

'won't shift into forward' is a bit thin to go on, could be more than just an adjustment needed--

does reverse work? Any 'thumping' like gears are engaging but no movement? Does the shifter move freely thru it's full range of motion?

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