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Shift Shaft and Bushing Replacement
September 21, 2017 7:10 am EST
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Shift Shaft and Bushing Replacement
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Xplosive
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 10:45 am    Post subject: Shift Shaft and Bushing Replacement Reply with quote

Anyone ever replace/repair the shift shaft and bushing on a Mercury 225 Optimax or equivalent? I believe my bushing has deteriorated and is the reason for my shifters being very tight and locking up sometimes. I have replace the cables and shifters themselves. Only thing left is the shift shaft and bushings. I really hate to pull the powerhead to do the work, but I am hoping someone out there has done this before with some helpful advice....  
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just went through that on 2007 Yamaha f250, binnacle and cables were good, bushing at shift shaft bad. It is expensive to pull powerhead to replace, however, fi you do it and bust a bolt could be trouble. I checked everything as you did, I did however have a tech put powerhead and replace bushing. It is just one of the weak points in design over time. Saltwater gets up in there and dries, and cracks the bushing, then creates friction on gear shaft making it difficult to shift in and out of forward and reverse.  
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply and reassurance I am not losing my mind. I have no problem pulling the powerhead if I have to...just wanted to see if there is another way to get to those bushings replaced. Thanks again for the advice...hopefully "knock on wood" no bolts will bust off.  
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