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Old 06-16-2014, 04:55 PM
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Neutral Switch not always engaging

I was having an issue this weekend with my boat. I was in neutral however my boat would not turn over. I would have the put the throttle in drive and then reverse and then back in neutral to get the boat to realize it was safe to start. Is there a switch in the throttle that is causing this and what is it called?
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:31 PM
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I was having an issue this weekend with my boat. I was in neutral however my boat would not turn over. I would have the put the throttle in drive and then reverse and then back in neutral to get the boat to realize it was safe to start. Is there a switch in the throttle that is causing this and what is it called?
The switch is on your transmission and is called the neutral safety switch.
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:44 PM
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Depending upon how old your boat is, you may need to disassemble the throttle assembly and give it a thorough cleaning. Remove all the old grease and lubricate properly. When I did that with my boat, it was a night and day difference.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:16 PM
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I was having an issue this weekend with my boat. I was in neutral however my boat would not turn over. I would have the put the throttle in drive and then reverse and then back in neutral to get the boat to realize it was safe to start. Is there a switch in the throttle that is causing this and what is it called?
I would suspect the issue is probably the shift cable adjustment at the transmission end as opposed to a bad neutral safety switch. The cable adjustment can be very slight between working correctly, and not always engaging the neutral safety switch. I had the same issue after shaft replacement work at the shop. The issue was intermittent, and I knew what needed to be done (ie. shift into reverse then back to neutral) but it sure scared the heck out of anyone else driving it. A turn or two on the adjustment nut is all it may take.
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