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Control cables when taken to fast forward the motor slows when put in reverse the motor screams. the cables seem to be hooked up ok could there be another problem. the motor is a 40 hsp 2 stroke,2cyl,79/80 mercury outboard.

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Cables seem to need adjustment. Or perhaps you switched them around. Put the control in neutral. No throttle. Disconnect both cables from the engine.In neutral the shift cable should be half way out. You can determine this by moving the control to forward then reverse to make sure(shift cable will retract and protrude fully when shifting). Reconnect shift cable to the motor when the motor is in neutral(prop spins free) Once connected put the throttle cable back. The throttle cable should be adjusted so that when in neutral and no throttle opening the butterfly valve on the carb should be fully closed.

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