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I have a Mariner outboard engine which requires the water pump to be removed for repair. The gear shift linkage once disconnected from the oprating lever will not pass through the casing in the engine cover. Any ideas?

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In order to disconnect the gearshift linkage from the gearshift operating handle, a safety clip was rotated about 90 degrees clockwise. Once in this position, if you pull the safety clip towards you, it comes completely out, which then permits the gearshift rod to seperate from the operating lever.

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