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  • tilt lock pin

    Sometimes when I try to tilt up my motor (Mercury 40hp about 1980), it won't tilt because the "ratchet" that the tilt lock pin goes through has moved into a locked position. I have 2 questions: 1. What causes the ratchet to lock? 2. How to unlock it except by removing the tilt lock pin and unlocking the ratchet by hand? p.s. I am new to outboards, so I won't be surprised if this message is not crystal clear. Thanks.


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    Re: tilt lock pin

    Yo, Boatdaddy. Those ratchets get locked when you shift into reverse. Make sure that you are in Neutral when you shut her off.Red sky at night, sailor's delight. . . JB
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