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My friend has a 1989 Sunbird outboard. When we would go forward it shift hard into the forward gear. . At end of the day would not go forward , just reverse. What should we look or check. Thanks

Mechanic's Assistant: Sometimes boat issues seem like they'll be really complicated, but end up being easy to fix. The Marine Mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so the Marine Mechanic can help you best.

What i mention above is the only issue we had. Has run great every time we take it out. Boat would just shift hard when we wanted to go forward.

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No that is it.

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Marine Mechanic: Tan, MerCruiser Certified Technician replied 4 months ago

Could I get make, model and the serial number of the engine, please?

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