Is there a way to throttle these engines without shifting them into gear? It's a new to me engine, and I can't seem to find any info on a way to disengage the shifter, that still allows you to increase RPM's when it's cold.
Not to change the subject but I am missing that knob on my motor that I have not got to water test yet. What are the starting procedures using the knob? Do you just pull it out once then pull the cord or do you pull it and push it back in multiple times?
The official instructions in the Mercury owners manual says to pull it once and leave it until the motor is started. However, I and many others have found it helpful to "pump" it two or three times then leave it out. There is a lever on the inside that depresses a primer button when the knob is pulled, so I think that's why it starts easier with several pulls.