SHIFT CABLE REPLACEMENT INSTRUCTIONSCrowley Marine
Use this instruction sheet when replacing the tiller handle shift cable on
Evinrude® E-TEC® 40 – 115 HP model outboards.
For safety reasons, this kit should be installed by an authorized Evinrude®/Johnson® dealer. This instruction sheet is not a substitute for work experience. Additional helpful information may be found in other service literature for your engine.
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DO NOT do any repairs until you have read the instructions and checked the pictures relating to the repairs.
Be careful, and never rush or guess a service procedure. Human error is caused by many factors: carelessness, fatigue, overload, preoccupation, unfamiliarity with the product, and drugs and alcohol use, to name a few. Damage to a boat and outboard can be fixed in a short period of time, but injury or death has a lasting effect.
When replacement parts are required, use Evinrude/Johnson Genuine Parts or parts with equivalent characteristics, including type, strength and material. Using substandard parts could result in injury or product malfunction.
Torque wrench tightening specifications must be strictly followed. Replace any locking fastener (locknut or patch screw) if its locking feature becomes weak. Definite resistance to turning must be felt when reusing a locking fastener. If replacement is specified or required because the locking fastener has become weak, use only authorized Evinrude/Johnson Genuine Parts.
If you use procedures or service tools that are not recommended in this instruction sheet, YOU ALONE must decide if your actions might injure people or damage the outboard.
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Shift Cable Replacement
Remove cable retainer. On 3-cylinder or V4 models, remove anchor bracket. Remove retainer clip from shift cable.
Remove seven screws and bottom cover of tiller handle.
IMPORTANT: Throttle and shift cable routing has changed for later model tiller arms. If your tiller arm does NOT does not have the bottom cover with cut-out on starboard side, the throttle and shift cables will be re-routed during assembly. In this case, use remover tool, P/N 342226, to unsnap the throttle cable clip from the throttle lever. Remove throttle cable from lower motor cover and grommet.
Remove shift cable retainer from shift cable trunnion.
Remove cotter pin from shift handle pin and discard. Remove shift cable from tiller arm and lower motor cover and grommet.
Install shift cable on shift pin with NEW cotter pin provided in kit.
Install shift cable retainer on shift cable trunnion.
Refer to Cable Routing on p. 4 and install shift cable(s) through lower motor
cover and grommet.
Shift Cable Adjustment
Pull firmly on shift cable casing to remove backlash. With outboard and tiller handle shift lever in NEUTRAL, place the cable trunnion into the lower anchor pocket. Adjust the trunnion nut so the casing fits onto the shift lever pin. Install shift cable on shift lever pin and install retainer clip.
Retainer Clip Installation
When installing retainer clips on control arm linkage pins, clips should be locked and must not be bent or deformed. For proper installation, review the following steps:
- Place washer on pin.
- Position retainer clip with straight section on the bottom and angled
section on the top.
- Use long nose pliers to insert straight section of clip into linkage pin hole.
- Push the clip towards the hole while lifting on the curved end with the
- Be sure retainer clip fully engages the pin.
- Lock the retainer by moving the angled section behind the straight section.
Install cable retainer. On 3-cylinder or V4 models, install anchor bracket.
Make sure shift control provides accurate shift operation. Then, torque anchor bracket / cable retainer screw 60 to 84 in. lbs. (7 to 9.5 Nm).
If previously removed, place throttle cable in position. Use Ball Socket Installer tool, P/N 342225, to snap throttle cable connector onto throttle lever.
Install NEW bottom cover provided with kit, on tiller handle with seven