Hey guys, I'm a new member. I've got an issue with my Mercruiser Alpha I Gen II shift assembly. I just had a new drive cable installed and I'm having issues getting the throttle to go into neutral in the water. Out of the water with the muffs on works perfectly. I now know looking at the link to Don S's Shift Interrupt system that she needs to be in the water to put a load on the prop for the system to work properly. Well in the water she will go into drive and reverse from neutral but when I put the throttle into the neutral position she stays in gear. Turning the engine off and restarting is the only way to get back into neutral.
Here's what I've pretty much deduced, that I'm having problems with the Shift Cutoff Swith. From what I've seen there are two types, one with a roller and one with a plunger. Mine has the roller. What I can see on the boat is that the roller just doesn't quite center itself in the V groove therefor won't allow the engine to shutoff for the split second and disengage the clutch. I'm not sure why the roller wont center itself. There does seem to be a little bend in the metal arm but that to me doesn't seem to make a difference. So...what do you guys think? Am I on the right track or is there something else I'm missing? Thanks for any help you can provide!
1997 Mercruiser 5.7 Alpha I Gen II