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Experience:  25 Years Experience as Mechanic, 20 Yrs Boat Yard Owner/Mechanic, Factory Certified
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I have a ford 5 litre v8 engine. it starts and runs great,

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I have a ford 5 litre v8 engine. it starts and runs great, but when you start it up, there is a hestitation when you put it in forward - doesn't do it in reverse
JA: Sometimes things that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix. The Marine Mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so the Marine Mechanic can help you best.
Customer: well I start the engine and it runs great, then when I try to engage it into forward - it hesitates and sometimes stalls , eventually it goes into forward and runs great. Doesn't do it when you put it in reverse only forward
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Marine Mechanic should know?
Customer: no everything else is fine
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Tan replied 9 months ago.

Hello. My name is Tan.

Is the shift stiff. This is most likely the beginnings of a shift cable issue going to the drive. Try this disconnect the shift switch at the shaft bracket and see of the issue goes away. It will be hard to get the engine out of gear. So shut engine off pull in to neutral and start engine and shift into forward. Does it stop hesitating?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
it is not stiff at all.
Expert:  Tan replied 9 months ago.

Is this an OMC cobra?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
no ford 5 litre v8
Expert:  Tan replied 9 months ago.

Is this a sterndrive or inboard?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
inboard
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
four winns boat
Expert:  Tan replied 9 months ago.

Who is the Marine manufacturer of the engine. OMC, Indmar???

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
OMC
Expert:  Tan replied 9 months ago.

Do you have a model number or model year?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
basically I want to know if its an expensive fix. I am not mechanically inclined so I would need to take it in
Expert:  Tan replied 9 months ago.

Everything depends on what engine set up you have.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
not handy
the boat is 1994
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
okay so basically I need to take it in to somebody then.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
okay thanks then
Expert:  Tan replied 9 months ago.

Ok This will be an OMC Cobra set up.

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