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#12597479 - 01/27/18 04:16 AM Trouble reinserting lower unit
Greg Bowman Offline

Registered: 08/17/05
Posts: 283
Loc: Lewisville
Trying to re insert the lower unit on my 02 200 mercury and the shift rod won’t line up with the sleeve I think I got the main shaft in position by turning the fly wheel by hand. I’m trying to find out if I need to shift the console into forward and then the same with the lower unit so it would line up into the sleeve?

#12597515 - 01/27/18 06:26 AM Re: Trouble reinserting lower unit [Re: Greg Bowman]
ssmith Online   content
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Registered: 11/22/07
Posts: 3135
Loc: scotland tx
put the shifter in forward an make sure the lower unit is in forward when you slide it up watch to make sure the splines on the shift shaft line up as you rotate the prop to align the upper drive shaft with the splines on the bottom of the crank.

#12598553 - 01/28/18 05:38 AM Re: Trouble reinserting lower unit [Re: Greg Bowman]
Skunked Again Fishing Offline

Registered: 07/23/09
Posts: 193
Loc: Austin
I had the same problem with my Yamaha. I ended up having to have someone move the gearshift back and forth while pushing the lower unit on. Once it aligned, it slid in no problem. The previous time, I had no issue. I must have accidentally moved the shifter to the wrong location or something.
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#12612936 - 02/05/18 10:46 PM Re: Trouble reinserting lower unit [Re: Greg Bowman]
hideandseekfish Offline

Registered: 04/29/09
Posts: 445
Loc: Midlothian, Texas
I did the same thing by myself this summer.
Did it like SS said. It really helps to be able rock the prop and get the splines to align . Hard to do that in neutral.
Oh, and hold your mouth right.
2014 Nautic Star 2200 Sport Yam F200

#12613088 - 02/06/18 07:09 AM Re: Trouble reinserting lower unit [Re: Greg Bowman]
gary purdy Offline
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Registered: 05/24/03
Posts: 11351
Loc: Littlefield Tx & Lake A. H. US...
Wait until you get ahold of one of the 40 to 60 hp Mercury`s that if you move the main shaft the shift shaft jumps plum past reverse. Trying to hold everything all at the same time is fun. I built a support stand for holding the lower while changing the water pump and it allows you to rest the lower on it using the trim during re-installation.
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