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Mercury outboard manual tilt

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  • Mercury outboard manual tilt

    I have a 1997 Mercury 6HP (6M) kicker on a boat that I just bought used.
    The problem I have is that the motor's manual tilt appears to be locked in the up (out of water) position, and I can't get to go down. I have wiggled the lock/unlock lever, but it has no effect.

    I know that you have to engage forward gear to raise the engine, but how do you lower it?


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    Re: Mercury outboard manual tilt

    look at the lock on the right side of the engine that is holding it up. Its like a slotted piece of metal and has a groove in it that locks the motor.Just lift the motor a hair and lift the lock out of position and the motor will come down


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      Re: Mercury outboard manual tilt

      My Merc 9.9 locks when extended up and I think to release it back down I have to pull it up a little higher and the locking mechanism releases it.

      I have not used this 9.9 in a couple of years though.

      You can also swing by any Merc dealer or repair shop and they can verify if the locking mechanism is functioning properly.
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