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#11423001 - 02/18/16 12:52 PM 30 year old control box - fix or replace?
Stump jumper Offline
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Registered: 04/19/04
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My Mercury control box is starting to act up a little when shifting out of neutral. I notice it mostly going in to reverse. I am thinking about just buying a complete new one but I have concealed controls. I am sure the holes will not line up. The other option is to go with a surface mount unit or try to get parts and fix what I have. Problem with getting parts is the age of the box and having boat out of commission while waiting on parts. I have not checked part availability or prices. I am thinking even If I find the parts it might be just as cost effective to replace the box.

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#11423469 - 02/18/16 03:59 PM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: Stump jumper]
gary purdy Offline
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Post a picture of you control. I have a good 2006 model hidden control.
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#11423540 - 02/18/16 04:44 PM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: gary purdy]
Stump jumper Offline
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Originally Posted By: gary purdy
Post a picture of you control. I have a good 2006 model hidden control.
just the handle?

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#11424166 - 02/18/16 09:19 PM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: Stump jumper]
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#11424235 - 02/18/16 09:48 PM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: Stump jumper]
gary purdy Offline
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This is a new one: eBay item number:

262261256896
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#11425251 - 02/19/16 12:17 PM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: gary purdy]
Stump jumper Offline
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Originally Posted By: gary purdy
This is a new one: eBay item number:

262261256896
thanks, I take this as recommendation to replace the unit

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#11427271 - 02/20/16 03:08 PM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: Stump jumper]
TLW Offline
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whole thing..... item # 331771321064 or copy and paste.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mercury-Sidemount-3000-Shifter-BOAT-/331771321064?hash=item4d3f1c9ae8:g:EHQAAOSwpzdWtQQT&vxp=mtr


Edited by TLW (02/20/16 03:11 PM)

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#11428148 - 02/21/16 05:31 AM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: Stump jumper]
Gamblinman Offline
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Yep, replace the whole box.


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#11428456 - 02/21/16 10:08 AM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: Stump jumper]
ebl Offline
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thank you for etting to make realize that things wear out. Now waioting for a new shifter/thottle.

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#11430856 - 02/22/16 12:45 PM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: TLW]
Stump jumper Offline
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Originally Posted By: TLW
whole thing..... item # 331771321064 or copy and paste.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mercury-Sidemount-3000-Shifter-BOAT-/331771321064?hash=item4d3f1c9ae8:g:EHQAAOSwpzdWtQQT&vxp=mtr
thanks for the thought but this one is no even close. There is one that is a direct replacement but years listed are 86 - 93. Mine is a 85. I just need to crawl under my dash and check the wire colors going to my key switch.

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#11431406 - 02/22/16 04:04 PM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: Stump jumper]
gary purdy Offline
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Only key switch wires are the safety switch yellow w/red stripe.
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#11431441 - 02/22/16 04:19 PM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: Stump jumper]
TLW Offline
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jus a tad.. 3 holes instead of 4 but jus noticed, on tha ebay one, that tha "neutral button" is missin'... thats tha first thing that gets broken when someone not knowing wth they're doing tries ta pull tha handle and/or controller off usually.... hmmm


Edited by TLW (02/22/16 04:21 PM)

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#11432256 - 02/22/16 09:25 PM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: Stump jumper]
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One I saw on Ebay looks just like mine except the cover over the plate behind the throttle handle. It has what looks like 4 wires coming out of front side. I assumed the wires wires go to the key switch. It has been about 10 years since I replaced my cables and do not remember whether or it had the same wires.looking at it again I am guessing trim switch wires.

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#11432322 - 02/22/16 10:01 PM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: Stump jumper]
TLW Offline
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tha cables, wires and colors will all be tha same jus may be routed a little different on all surface, flush, binnacle from tha start of tha 8 pin male plug harness (motor end) from its origin in '80/'81 (maybe earlier, maybe a year or two later..to long ago) i think till '05/'06 when tha 14 pin showed up so no worries there.....


Edited by TLW (02/22/16 10:06 PM)

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#11434056 - 02/23/16 04:33 PM Re: 30 year old control box - fix or replace? [Re: Stump jumper]
gary purdy Offline
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Your right only other wires out of the control will be the T & T wires
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