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I have an older mercrusier engine which I haven't started in about a year. The engine started right up and everything seems to be running except the outdrive will not go down. I bought the boat used and have no idea what makes the outdrive go down. I pressed on the down bottoms on the throutle stick as I have done in the past but the outdrive does not respond nor is there any noise from the outdrive like it usually does when you press on the bottons. What should I look for and or what does make the outdrive go down, is it electrical or hydraulic?
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Marine Mechanic: Jeremy R., MarineTechnician replied 8 years ago
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Welcome what drive do you have?
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
It states on the outdrive V8 Mercruiser 4.0 litre.
Marine Mechanic: Jeremy R., MarineTechnician replied 8 years ago
the serial number of motor is right above the starter, the outdrive number is XXXXX the out drive itself
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Sorry, I put the cover back over the boat and covered up the top of the outdrive. Anyway the ser. no. as best as I can read it is A356CC3. If this is not correct I will look again with mag. glass.
Marine Mechanic: Jeremy R., MarineTechnician replied 8 years ago
welcome that is night right, use a plash light and mirror
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