reverse problems.... help. also motor "stuttering"

Discussion in 'Outboard Maintenance' started by logandorn96, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. logandorn96

    logandorn96 I Love microskiff.com!

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    1) Okay when i put my johnson into reverse it will not move at all, it sounds like its not going in to the right gear? maybe?
    When i try to put it in reverse it goes "Click Click Click Click Click Click Click Click Click Click Click Click" really fast and then when i put the throttle further down it just revs loud and then keeps clicking?


    2) also when i'm running full speed i can feel the engine going really high in rpm's and then going lower and higher like a roller coaster. Then when i am idling it will cut off unless i am going faster than idle?

    Carbs?
     
  2. twitch

    twitch Well-Known Member

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    Is it a tiller motor or remote?

    If it is a tiller, it sounds like your clutch dog in your lower unit is shot.

    If it is a remote, the shift linkage might need adjustment.

    If you drain the lower unit and find metal flakes and chunks, it is the clutch dog, based on your description.
     

  3. aflatsnut

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    What year and make? What HP?
     
  4. logandorn96

    logandorn96 I Love microskiff.com!

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    remote steering,

    40hp johnson 1991
     
  5. aflatsnut

    aflatsnut I Love microskiff.com!

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    I would try adjusting the shift cable to allow more travel in the reverse direction first. You could also disconnect the shift cable and see if you can shift into reverse manually. This will tell you if it is the adjustment or a clutch dog problem
     
  6. logandorn96

    logandorn96 I Love microskiff.com!

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    will do. can you run it in gear with just a hose and the connector thing?
     
  7. twitch

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    Yea, you can run it in gear on the hose at idle.
     
  8. logandorn96

    logandorn96 I Love microskiff.com!

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    okay just not high speeds
     
  9. twitch

    twitch Well-Known Member

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    No high speeds. Also watch shifting from froward to reverse while the prop is still at speed

    Have you checked the magnet on the LU drain screw for chunks or shavings?