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Charles, Marine Mechanic
Category: Boat
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Experience:  US Navy (Ret) Certified Mercury Marine Tech with over a decade of repair experience.
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When i shift in to forward it won't engage. It makes kind of

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when i shift in to forward it won't engage. It makes kind of a noise like gears not wanting to engage but not really a grinding noise
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Customer: I thought I just did
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Customer: In the recent past it would shift in to forward but today it just kinda klinky noise not wanting to engage. Yesterday I had to shift about fifty times and then it finally engaged
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** will assist you.

Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

What engine are you working with?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
1987 Chrysler Force outboard motor
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

What is the HP?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
85 hp
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Thanks. Have you already checked the gear oil to make sure that there is no water or metal in it?

Are you near the boat currently?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no I haven't but if that was the case wouldn't I have the same problem shifting into reverse? I have no problem with that
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

Possibly. Remove the cable from the shift actuator on the engine, try the shift by hand and see if it will engage fully into FWD. You may need to turn the prop slightly to get it aligned with the clutch.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
will try that and get back in touch thx
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

No worries. there are no time limits here.