How stiff is the gear shift?

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  • mikemoyer
    Senior Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 11

    How stiff is the gear shift?

    My gearshift is very stiff. Is that normal? Also, looking in the engine compartment the arm only moves a few inches forward and aft before the driveshaft starts turning. There is no "click" into place. Is it like a clutch or what? Reverse gear makes a whirring sound that is louder than forward. Does this all sound normal?
  • Dave Neptune
    Afourian MVP, Professor Emeritus
    • Jan 2007
    • 5116

    #2
    The trans on the A-f is different. the only click is into forward! Neutral is somewhere in the middle and does not stop the shaft in all cases but it will not deliver "power" only a slow spin. Reverse is a band clutch that does not hold it in reverse "you do" by holding pressure against the shifter and it is noisy. If things are stiff disconnect the cable on the trans shift lever and move the shifter to see if the cable is getting sticky or rusty, a simple replacement fix. If it moves fine try shifting using the trans lever to see if it is stiff.

    Adjusting the trans to find the click into forward is not difficult however it does require more force than most would think. You will feel the "click" when the "detent" is engaged that holds the trans in forward. Again only forward holds itself into gear.

    Dave Neptune

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    • Sam
      Afourian MVP
      • Apr 2010
      • 329

      #3
      Just solved similar problem on a lady friends' boat - 77 Oday 27. she is 75, not too strong. Took of compass from pedestal and lubricated the cable/sheath end multiple times while shifting. Lubricated rod end and moved connection to higher spot engine shift lever. If this did not work I would have gone to the adjusting ring in the reversing gear and made a one notch adjustment to decrease plate pressure and then see if that effected forward drive.

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