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Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician
Category: Boat
Satisfied Customers: 11052
Experience:  40 yrs. experience with complete engine repairs both inboard/outboard and MerCruiser Certified Technician.
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Just replaced impeller in my 1994 Mer. 150 XR6. Impeller works

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Just replaced impeller in my 1994 Mer. 150 XR6. Impeller works fine, but now it won't shift into gear. I disassembled it in neutral. I put it back together exactly as I took it apart. Why won't it go into forward or reverse? I didn't touch anything other than the drive shaft and impeller housing and water pipe.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Tan replied 2 years ago.
Hello. My name is***** lower unit has to be in forward along with the control. Taking it apart it doesn't matter but putting it back together it has to be in forward. So drop the lower unit back down turn the shift rod CW while turning the prop to the left CCW till prop locks. Now put the control in forward gear. Now put the lower unit on while holding pressure on the prop CCW. Once you have the ;lower unit up in place install one bolt check the shift. If it still doesn't shift correctly post back.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
what is CW and CCW?
Expert:  Tan replied 2 years ago.
CW,ClockWise.... CCW,Counter ClockWise
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks, ***** ***** do tonight.
Expert:  Tan replied 2 years ago.
Your welcome.............Let me know if you still have an issue. This is the procedure I do it might take one or 2 tries. The shift rods getting them lined up and holding the prop can be difficult. Holding pressure on the prop keeps the lower unit in forward gear. If it slips a little it can pop out of gear.