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Shifting problems 2010 SX210

2Point-Oh!

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It is very tough to shift. You have to push pretty hard to go forward or reverse. Then what happens is you end up with to much throttle and the boat jumps to fast and it makes passengers get whiplash. Anyone have any suggestions of where to start with this fix?
 

isitsummeryet

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Your throttle cables need lubed. It is a direct mechanical linkage so any resistance in the sliding action will be felt directly at the throttle lever. There is a thread on "Easy way to lube throttle cables" somewhere here. Search for it. Considering your boat is a 2010, it would indicate that your throttle cables need lubed at the jet pump assembly area and also inside the engine bay where the throttle cables are mount on the sidewalls (one for each engine). Green roll cable assembly. Those also may need lubed.
 

Hector Corzo

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It is very tough to shift. You have to push pretty hard to go forward or reverse. Then what happens is you end up with to much throttle and the boat jumps to fast and it makes passengers get whiplash. Anyone have any suggestions of where to start with this fix?
I believe there is a couple of screws you can thigh or loosen in the shifter box.
 

Beachbummer

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I believe there is a couple of screws you can thigh or loosen in the shifter box.
If the levers were fine before and now are very tight, I estimate 99% chance the cables are binding due to rust and age. With a hose and some air pressure you can rig something to inject oil around the cable from the stern. This may give you some respite, but won't be perfect. It's worth trying if you have access to the boat and some time. Disconnect the gate from the reverse gate cable and place a hose around it that reaches all the way to the base with a hose clamp, then fill hose with light oil (Such as PB Blaster, or some other penetrating oil. Even motor oil can help) then hook up air compressor or air pump and apply LOW pressure to start while someone moves the lever for the engine you are working on back and forth. repeat until it's loose, add more air pressure to make the oil go further back. There is a chance some oil may reach all the way to the binnacle and could make a little mess, but to me it's worth the risk.

Total solution is to replace the shift cables. They are not terribly expensive and will restore silk feel to that first portion of the throttle lever.

If it's so tight now, I would caution you it has gone from a comfort issue to a safety issue, those cables can snap in one of those tight moves when everything seemed jammed and you give it just a little more power with your arm to move it..then "SNAP" and the cable breaks and the lever is really loose now, but the gate doesn't move anymore. It's not a story I heard, this happened to me first hand with an earlier boat with a very similar control system.

Best of Luck!
 
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