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Registered: ‎06-01-2020

Broken Control Single Lever Binnacle


The part in the picture (link below) that controls the gear function broke off the other day. I will get the entire unit replaced but I am wondering why it happened. 

2007 engine/boat E-tec 250 

Anyone else experience this? Could it be a problem with the wires to the motor? 

I am worried it will happen again if there is to much load on the part in the binnacle. 



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Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Broken Control Single Lever Binnacle

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The shift cable is supposed to be attached to the inner hole to prevent binding while shifting



Also make sure that the cables move freely without sticking and when the shift cable is removed from the motor that you can move the engine shift lever with your fingertips ( spin the prop with your feet while you are shifting with your fingers - motor not running, of course)




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Registered: ‎06-01-2020

Re: Broken Control Single Lever Binnacle


The previous owner swapped this Binnacle himself so I guess he assembled it incorrectly. 

As for cables moving freely, I have to test it the way you described.

I have a feeling they are sticking and this put a lot of force on the part in the binnacle. 

Same goes for the engine shift lever regarding movement. I'll test it also. 

I have made an appointment with a shop to fix this as I was unable to find a replacement unit myself.

They apparently had a used one.

I'll let them know about your tips.