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Posts: 3
Registered: ‎07-20-2011

Spudders then kicks out of gear

For 2 seasons this problem has been going on.   Dealer techs, Factory Reps, nobody has seen or hear about it happening.

So if any one has heard about this or experienced this let me know.  

3-Etec 250  2008

35 scarab center console

racing shifters

I throttle up

boat starts to plane

center engine spudders  (loses power hiccup)

center shifter pops out of gear

RPMs drop off

Engine dies

things we have tried: holding shifter-still pops out,  throttling up with just center engine-pops out.

Dealer has run all the tests in the world

They have replaced the lower unit $4500, not covered on warrantee and not covered on the extended warrantee.

They have replaced the throttle position sensor, covered under warrantee.

If anyone has experienced anything similar please let me know.

PS last outing starboard i command quit and I think we spun the port motor prop   ugggghhh!!!!



Posts: 9,387
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Spudders then kicks out of gear

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It is hard to troubleshoot a problem through a monitor and a keyboard.


Either the shift cable or shift rod may be out of adjustment and the gearcase is not shifting into forward with full engagement, thus jumping out of gear when power is applied. I hope the clutch dog and forward gear are not damaged from this action.


Remove the gearcase and have the tech check the shift rod height using the special tool and the factory specs. Drain the gear oil and inspect the magnets for a buildup of metal chips which would indicate internal damage. Check the control's shifting throw to see that it is within the factory spec, I think is about 2 5/8" to 2 7/8" total travel. Make sure the shift cable is adjusted to provide equal travel from neutral to forward as from neutral to reverse. Check the horizontal shift shaft under the throttle bodies where the shaft is welded to the shift interrupter mounting plate. If there is any play or looseness, replace the shaft assembly. Inspect the lower and upper motor mounts and fasteners for any damage or looseness. If it still jumps, then gearcase repairs will also be needed.




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Posts: 3
Registered: ‎07-20-2011

Re: Spudders then kicks out of gear

Thanks Bill

im taking this list over to the mechanic today.  I'll have him go through it with me.   You must be an Evinrude mechanic.

I will keep you posted

Posts: 9
Registered: ‎07-24-2011

Re: Spudders then kicks out of gear

Sound just like the controls are out of adjustment.  Where the etecs diagnosed with a computer?