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It will not go into reverse but will go into forward. what should i do first? 1986 mercury outboard

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    Kirstin Hicks Mar 24, 2012

    excuse me i meant 4 cylinder mercury inboard

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You did not tell us if you have a small outboard or if you have remote shift controls. If you do have remote shift controls you can try reversing the cable ends if it is a 2 cable system or disconnect the cable at the engine. By disconnecting the cable at the engine you isolate the problem to the motor. Then you can grab the shift lever manually at the motor and see if it will now go into reverse. Some remote levers lock out reverse if the choke is engaged or if you are new to this boat there may be a button to push on the throttle to allow reverse to engage.

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should be on the side with a lever but could you give me more info please

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I own a small Mercury outboard so I did alittle reading in the manual and the ratio for your 86' 115 HP is 50-1. Hope it helps. Coach Theune

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See if you can turn down the base idle some. Then check your gear lube, sometimes you can get an airpocket and the top end is dry. Last, if still not fixed, see if you can adjust the cables so that the throttle RPM changes after the gears do.

You want a little lag in the throttle so you don't take out a dock when coming onshore.

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you probably solved the problem by now, but the linkage is reversible in the control console, pretty straight forward when you open it up..

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