Yamaha starting in gear...need a new binnacle control?

Discussion in 'Outboard Maintenance' started by TomFL, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. TomFL

    TomFL Well-Known Member

    Yamaha is now starting in gear, so something in the control is messed up.

    Never had one go bad and wondering if it's worth delving into or just replace the entire binnacle control? It's about 8 years old.

    I believe the one that's on there is the Yamaha 704.

  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    On most outboards, the start in gear prevention switch
    is located on the powerhead near the shift linkage.
    Usually a cam that activates a plunger switch.
    That switch can go bad if the return spring wears out or jams.

    Found a parts diagram for a yami binnacle mount shifter,
    there is a start in neutral safety switch in the binnacle.
    60 dollar item...


  3. Parrothead305

    Parrothead305 Well-Known Member

    Before you change the links inside the cowling. Look in the opening that is directly on top of the tranny (unit) there you will see the rod that push or pull the gears, check the adjustment (10MM nut). By losing or tighten the nut you will adjust in what gear your engine start. Trust me my Yammy only fault is that. Use some treat lock after you find the adjustment that you need.

    Hope this helps