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Mercruiser 470 OD cable adjustment

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  • Mercruiser 470 OD cable adjustment

    last year got the new 470 in and still cannot get the F/R cable adjusted properly, even tried it sitting in the water, its either too much or too little there seems to be no sweet spot for Forward and reverse at the same time. and tips?


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    Re: Mercruiser 470 OD cable adjustment

    can be tricky to get it right. did you adjust it according to the merc instructions? is your shift interrupt still connected/working? a bad lower shift cable can make things impossible to adjust correctly. a lot of times people disconnect the SI switch to compensate for a bad cable.
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    • #3
      Re: Mercruiser 470 OD cable adjustment

      Originally posted by nola mike View Post
      can be tricky to get it right. did you adjust it according to the merc instructions? is your shift interrupt still connected/working? a bad lower shift cable can make things impossible to adjust correctly. a lot of times people disconnect the SI switch to compensate for a bad cable.
      i dont understand? dont they either move/function or they are broken? the DI ids there but not hooked up because my stupid book for this motor/OD doesnt show where to hook it up. it was savaged boat when i got it

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      • #4
        Re: Mercruiser 470 OD cable adjustment

        Originally posted by KCKracker View Post
        i dont understand? dont they either move/function or they are broken? the DI ids there but not hooked up because my stupid book for this motor/OD doesnt show where to hook it up. it was savaged boat when i got it
        nope. they stick more often than anything. if you disconnect that cable from the linkage, it should move with near zero resistance. seriously. almost nothing. if there is any resistance, you'll never be able to adjust it correctly. do a search for more info. plenty posted. and get a merc manual for your motor. post a year or s/n and someone can point you in the right direction...
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        • #5
          Re: Mercruiser 470 OD cable adjustment

          nope. they stick more often than anything. if you disconnect that cable from the linkage, it should move with near zero resistance. seriously. almost nothing.
          That is also with the drive off. Cable only should have almost no resistance in movement.

          What year is your motor, just saying 470 isn't good enough. Is that the actual model number or just a general term for your engine. Serial numbers would be best.
          Don S.

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          • #6
            Re: Mercruiser 470 OD cable adjustment

            i followed these instruction when i put my 470 back in. i had the same problem when i tried to adjust the cables and when i followed the info evrything worked great after that
            http://dolphinmarineservice.homestead.com/cable.html

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            • #7
              Re: Mercruiser 470 OD cable adjustment

              Originally posted by KCKracker View Post
              i dont understand? dont they either move/function or they are broken? the DI ids there but not hooked up because my stupid book for this motor/OD doesnt show where to hook it up. it was savaged boat when i got it
              What book are you using?

              Here's a video I made of how to adjust the lower shift cable, and check for excess wear and play in the system. I'm going to make a better one today, but in the meantime.... -> http://youtu.be/GrOlKjXz1Gk
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              • #8
                Re: Mercruiser 470 OD cable adjustment

                excellent!!! video

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