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Yamaha 9.9 shift linkage in lower leg is acting like it's disconnected. Can't change gears or go to neutral. Removed leg to fix water intake and when I hooked it back up unable to shift. Removed lower leg again and linkage moves up and down but not disengaging.

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Make sure that throttle is all the way back to idle or it will not be allowed.

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