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Hello, i have an 85...
Hello, i have an 85 hp yamaha 1992, the problem is my motor wont go in reverse in the water it makes a clicking sound but when i connect it to my hose ears in my house it does goes in reverse, i think in the water goes in reverse but not all the way
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Marine Mechanic: Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
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Hello. My name is Tan.

Have you tried disconnecting the shift cable and shift the engine manually will it go into gear in the water? With no load it doesn't take much to turn the prop but in the water with the pressure of the water it might not engage completely. We need to determine if you have a gearcase issue or control and cable issue. If the engine shifts ok in the water with cable disconnected then the cable or the control are the problem. Replace the shift cable. The cables do wear out.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
The clicking sound is only on the water i guess when it has to work harder at my house with a hose it doesn't do it.
Marine Mechanic: Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

The gearcase isn't going into gear fully. Replace the shift cable.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No, I haven't tried putting it on reverse manually on the water. Lets say is not the cables and control what other thing could be??
Marine Mechanic: Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

The gearcase or stiff linkage on the engine. Does the linkage on the engine move freely? It isn't likely the gearcase is bad going into reverse as you don't go into reverse as much under a heavy load like in forward. Leaving the engine linkage being stiff or control cable.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
goes freely i mean as it has always been? I'll will keep you posted thank u
Marine Mechanic: Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Ok that leaves the control cable as the problem unless the gearcase has gotten water init or is tearing up. Have you checked the gear lube for dirty gear lube? Either water contamination or signs of metal in the lube?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Hey Tan, i did what you told me about switching to reverse manually without the cables and still does the clicking sound. I gues i'll have to open the gearcase but i dont have to much experience on it may have to take it to a mechanic. Anything else you sugest i do before taking to a mechanic
Marine Mechanic: Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Now does it do this in the water or just on the flush attachment?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Just on the water it doesn't do it with the flush attachment
Marine Mechanic: Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Can you put the gearcase in drive now and see if the prop locks when you turn the prop counter clockwise? Engine not running.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
When i put in in forward with the motor off the prop locks counter clock wise and freely clock wise, when in put on reverse the prop locks both directions
Marine Mechanic: Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Ok this indicates we have a linkage issue. Is the linkage sloppy on the engine?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Please is the linkage you talking about right by where the cables connect? If is so is a little loose but very minimum
Marine Mechanic: Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

The linkage from where the cable connects to the lower unit.

If these bushings # ***** 43 and 53 are worn out the gearcase won't shift correctly. http://www.marineengine.com/parts/yamaha-outboard-parts/1992/85/C85TLRQ/620302990012

If the linkage is tight that leaves only one thing the gearcase as the issue.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I switch gears manually and is not as smooth as it should be either its a little hard
Marine Mechanic: Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Ok I would repair the linkage then go from there. The linkage is allot cheaper to repair than the lower unit. It isn't very common for the gearcase to go out in reverse. Forward is more likely.

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