Shift cables seem fine, linkage at the base of the power head moves freely and is not damaged. Just fill not shift into fwd or reverse, no noise from lower unit. It just seems as if its being run in nuetral.
You should feel a light detent action if the gearcase shift rod is hooked up and actuating when you move the engine's shift linkage with the cable removed.
If nothing happens, then the gearcase will have to be removed and inspected. Have you checked the propeller and sampled the gear oil for metal fragments?
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I took it to the shop this morning, they removed the upper gear case oil plug. It was covered in metal shavings. His gut feeling is the entire gear case will need replacing. I run it three to four days a month fishing, once a year for a week straight. This typical usage for me doesn't seem like I should have changed the lube before the 3 year point. But now I wonder....
Just had the lower unit replaced on my 2012 225HO, at 56 hrs. Had sticky shifting issues with motor until gearcase tried to spit gear through wall of gearcase.
Had talked to another 2012 250HO owner that had same issue at 10 hrs on his motor, shifting fork is the culprit.
What's the scoop on these gearcases? Supposedly M2 gearcase was answer to L2 gearcase issues?