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Charles, Marine Mechanic
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5 hp mercury outboard, changed water pump, but now lower

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5 hp mercury outboard, changed water pump, but now lower unit is stuck in reverse
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Customer: cannot shift lower unit out of reverse
JA: Is there anything else the Marine Mechanic should be aware of?
Customer: don't think so
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Charles replied 10 months ago.

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

Expert:  Charles replied 10 months ago.

Would you please post the serial number of the engine?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  Charles replied 10 months ago.


Have you tried to loosen the shift coupler then shift the lower unit into Neutral then lock the coupler back down?

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