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Old 05-11-2005, 09:42 AM
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Hey All,

My boat will start in gear...I'm not certain this is exactly the safest route...I replaced my throttle/shift as the original was completely worn out/abused. I don't recall there being any sort of safety "lock out" or electrical device preventing engine start when in gear.

What's "normal"?

Alotta stuff has been "modified" over the years, most of it a bit sub par...


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Old 05-11-2005, 09:44 AM
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Hey All,

My boat will start in gear...I'm not certain this is exactly the safest route...I replaced my throttle/shift as the original was completely worn out/abused. I don't recall there being any sort of safety "lock out" or electrical device preventing engine start when in gear.

What's "normal"?

Alotta stuff has been "modified" over the years, most of it a bit sub par...


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Mine won't allow me to start in gear, I can have the neutral button pushed in, but the throttle has to be in the neutral notch for me to start.
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:01 PM
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Hey All,

My boat will start in gear...I'm not certain this is exactly the safest route...I replaced my throttle/shift as the original was completely worn out/abused. I don't recall there being any sort of safety "lock out" or electrical device preventing engine start when in gear.

What's "normal"?

Alotta stuff has been "modified" over the years, most of it a bit sub par...


Wes
The neutral safety switch is in the transmission. Try dsconnecting the shift cable from the shift arm on the transmission. Move the shift arm as far forward as it will move then try to cranlk the engine. If it cranks, you most likely have a bad neutral safety switch. If it doesn't crank, the switch is probably OK but the cable may be out of adjustment. Move the shift arm back to the neutral detent. Move the helm control (with the cable still disconected from the shift arm)to forward then back to reverse, then to neutral. Now look at where the cable connector is aligned in relation the shift arm. If connector on the end of the cable will not push over the ball stud on the shift arm, thread the conneator on the cable up or down so the ball stud and connector are aligned. This should put the shift cable back in adjustment.

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Old 05-11-2005, 01:14 PM
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What kind of boat do you have. My 79 has a electrical device of some sort on the tranny than will not let it start in gear. I also replaced my throttle last year. The thing on the tranny gave me some starting problems.
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Old 05-11-2005, 02:06 PM
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Hey All,

There is something electrical on the trans. that has been suspiciously disconnected....I'll do the cable disconnect test to see what's up and maybe shoot a pic of the "sender" on the trans.

The boat's a '89 Maristar 240 w/ 454 & Velvet Drive...

My recall from when I removed my old throttle/shift is it was the kind where you pull the handle out to allow reving in neutral...furthermore, if my memory serves me, there was something electrical on the backside of that mechanism (some sort of switch?) that had been suspiciously disconnected - somehow related?

Thanks for the tips folks


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