Ok I found out the hard way.
I attempted to disassemble my stringer drive to replace the water pump impeller tonight.
Upon separating the lower unit from the upper unit I discovered that the shift cable will not allow me to remove the lower unit.
So I had to put it back together by myself which was not very easy. I was successful though.
I am curious why nobody mentions the shift cable needs to be disconnected in the engine compartment before the water pump can be replaced?
Does anyone have pics of the shift box mechanism? I would like to study them before tearing into it. The pictures in my manual are really crappy.
Does anyone have any pointers for disconnecting the cable before I start?
Is it difficult to reassemble and properly adjust the cable mechanism after the lower unit is reassembled?
Your time and advice is greatly appreciated.