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It will not engage the forward or reverse, the tell tale is

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It will not engage the forward or reverse, the tell tale is putting water out, just had the prop redone today, that didn't help, it's a 2000 Mercury 200 Opti
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Customer: The cables are working from what I can tell, I had someone shift while. Watched, the shifter worked and went into forward and reverse fine, just not engaging
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Charles replied 9 months ago.
Hello, my name is***** will assist you.Is there a history on the engine where the gear case has been off?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No
Expert:  Charles replied 9 months ago.
Have you recently hit bottom or something in the water?Was a new hub installed in the prop?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Not that I am aware, I bought it about a year ago, only thing I know is that the previous owner said he bought it from the original owner had an issue where he shifted too fast from forward to reverse and sheared something but a mechanic repaired it
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Yes, new hub in the prop
Expert:  Charles replied 9 months ago.
Is the engine running when you are trying to shift it?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Yes
Expert:  Charles replied 9 months ago.
Is it grinding when you shift, or do you hear nothing at all?If you shifted with the engine not running, and were turning the prop by hand, would it engage?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I was running when it sputtered, I came back to neutral, then went back into forward and got back up on plane, was about 3/4 throttle, and it just revved up and I pulled back on the throttle, then tried again and it would not engage forward or reverse
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Hear nothing at all
Expert:  Charles replied 9 months ago.
Ok, have you tried it by hand, or can you do so now?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Tried with the engine off, and still would not engage
Expert:  Charles replied 9 months ago.
Have you looked at the gear oil to see if there is metal in it?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Prop spins freely, when engaged
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No, I have not
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The tell tale pisses water out fine
Expert:  Charles replied 9 months ago.
Ok, you are going to need to remove the lower screw on the lower unit and allow some oil to drain out. Check to see how much metal is in it.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Ok, what would that indicate if there is metal in the oil
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I'm not with the boat now, almost 9 pm here
Expert:  Charles replied 9 months ago.
Metal in the oil would indicate either a gear failure, a shaft failure, or the clutch failed. Almost 9 here as well.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I'm taking it to a mechanic tomorrow, would that mean the lower unit needs replacing
Expert:  Charles replied 9 months ago.
Either that or a complete rebulid.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Complete motor rebuild???
Expert:  Charles replied 9 months ago.
Just the gear case rebulid
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
10-4
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
That sounds easier on the wallet
Expert:  Charles replied 9 months ago.
It is slightly. depending on who is doing the work, and in what state.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thanks, ***** ***** what a rebuild cost, ballpark
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Alabama
Expert:  Charles replied 9 months ago.
Depending on hat all is broke, any where from $750-$1500
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thanks
Expert:  Charles replied 9 months ago.
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