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1998 force 120, shift shaft was pulled from foot, cant get

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1998 force 120
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Customer: shift shaft was pulled from foot
JA: Is there anything else the Marine Mechanic should be aware of?
Customer: cant get it back in
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Jason replied 11 months ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** am I speaking with?

I read what you wrote. The gear case is going to have to come apart in order to fix this. This does require special tools. Chances are you are going to have to bring this in (unless you have or are willing to buy the tools) Did you have any questions that you wanted me to answer?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
what tools are needed? it seems that i just need to pull out the prop shaft. cant I line it up that way? my shift shaft end has splines, so I a think that something fliped out of place. am I wrong? I read where some guy turned the foot upside down and it fell into place to insert the shaft.
Expert:  Jason replied 11 months ago.
Good morning and sorry for the delay, we all do this on the side, when you replied back last night I had logged off for the night. Some kind of fixture or holder is needed to hold the lower unit in place. A heavy duty slide hammer is needed to remove both the propeller shaft as well as the bearing carrier. Once the carrier is out, you can reach your hand in there and put the shift cam back into place. The bottom of the shift rod slides down in and into the shift cam. When the shift rod is pulled out, the shift cam will fall out of place. The cam has to go in a specific way, I am attaching a picture that shows the correct way to install the cam, see attachment.
Expert:  Jason replied 11 months ago.
I don't know how you want to leave this but that is where you stand on your end. I think that should do it but I work for tips so I do want to make sure you are happy with my service before you go. If you had a further question on the issue by all means feel free to ask. If not, Just in case you do not understand the way the website works (and some folks do not). You do have to put forth a positive rating in order for it to credit me for helping you. When ratings are not done, the website simply keeps your deposit and they will not credit me. The ratings box is located at the top of the screen. To rate, you must select the star you wish and also confirm it. Please let me know if you run into any problems or errors when trying to do it. If you do have a problem, or if you can not see the ratings box which is at the top of the screen. Please reply back "I rate Jason's service _______" and fill in the blank.Questions do not close out, so if you have to come back later on with follow up questions to the issue you still can even after doing a rating.Thank youJason