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Do this, with the engine off. Push the shifter lever all the way forward. Try to turn the prop counter clock wise. Let me know if it turns, or if you can not turn it. If you can turn it... Let me also know if the propeller shaft spins at the same time, or if the propeller is spinning, but the shaft is not.
The propeller turns counter clockwise when in forward is that correct? If yes, is it spinning freely or does it have resistance?
What you want to do next is disconnect the shift cable from the engine, and shift it by hand to make sure it's fully engaging forward gear. Can you do that next and let me know if it's still the same thing after you shift it by hand.
Just to make sure... There are 2 plugs on the lower unit. There is the gear lube plug, and there is the shift cradle pin plug. Are you positive that you removed the gear oil plug and not the shift cradle pin plug?
Okay, at this point there is something broken inside of the lower unit. The lower unit needs to come off and then attempted to shift by hand. Is that something you are looking to get into?
Do you know how to take the lower off or do you need instruction on that?
There are no time limits here. And no, you definitely do not want to pull the cradle pin out.
If it's stripped and not sealed water will get in through the plug
Has its shifted properly since you removed and reinstalled the shift cradle pin?
Then it shouldn't be an issue