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Johnson tilt and trim #13610052 06/27/20 02:47 PM
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Ok quick question. I have a 97 Johnson 200 hp. I have a transom saver that goes from motor to trailer. I bungee motor to top of transom saver. But I can lift up on motor and it will lift off of trailer. The pump ram will give a inch or two. I had problems with motor bouncing off trailer rest while driving down the road. So I bought another used pump and changed it out. But it is doing the same thing. Am I missing something? Should I be able to lift motor up 2 inches while it is tight against trailer on transom saver?


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Re: Johnson tilt and trim [Re: Fat Shaft] #13610105 06/27/20 03:55 PM
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did you bleed the system after the pump change?
may have a weak bypass also check the manual release and make sure it is not half on.


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Re: Johnson tilt and trim [Re: Fat Shaft] #13610135 06/27/20 04:28 PM
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I think I suggested that, hop. I've seen it just be the need for new O-rings on that valve stem.

Re: Johnson tilt and trim [Re: Fat Shaft] #13612350 06/29/20 07:17 PM
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I used to have a brand new 1987 Johnson 88 hp. I remember the same thing happening, the motor would bounce and I could lift it off the transom saver by hand. The dealer/mechanic told me to continue to tilt the motor down even though the motor, transom saver and trailer roller were all in contact. You keep tilting down until the tilt rods are fully compressed. At this point stop trimming. The trim now has been engaged and will keep the motor from bouncing and you being able to lift it. Works complete different than my Mercury where you stop the tilt as soon as it makes contact with the transom saver. I was told this is the correct method for my Johnson. I'm not sure but yours may be the same method since they are only 10 years apart.

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