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No reverse gear on 115 hp johnson outboard motor

Motor runs fine foward,but only moves boat very slow in reverse gear.

Posted by Robeert Kociban on

  • william moore
    william moore Oct 14, 2012

    Is this an Electro-hydo lower unit, or will it have straight shift. The difference is the electro will go to forward when the power to it quits.



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Carbs probably need to be cleaned and re-built. Common problem in outboards that havent been run in a while

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Check for a lose or sloppy shift linkage.

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I would think that the problem is a worn clutch dog. Drain the gear oil from lower unit. You need to disconnect the shift linkage and pull the lower unit like you would to change the water pump. Then remove waterpump housing and waterpump base. The base will have a seal so you need to be careful and gently and evenly pry the base up until it comes off. Next you need to remove the prop and depending on the year there is a ring screw around the prop shaft that needs removed. Also there is a phillips screw that needs to be removed near the lower gear oil drain plug. That screw holds the shift cradle in place. From here you should be able to slide the drive shaft up and out and the prop shaft should slide out. The clutch dog is the smaller piece in between the two gears that engages fwd and rev. You really should have a mechanic do the work but if you get a book it will help you. Pay very close attention how it comes apart and make sure that you dont mix up the fwd gear with the rev. gear.

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I would check your fuel lines from the tank all the way to the fuel pump. It seems that you might have a pinched line somewhere. You can also bleed the fuel rail with the schrader valve on the end of the rail. If that wont fix it then you probably have a weak fuel pump.

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SOURCE: 35hp Johnson evinrude outboard not running at full potential

Hi, did you buy your engine used? Sounds like your gonna have to get the carb or carbs cleaned. Its possible you could have a stopped up fuel filter, or not enough spark but i am guessing its gonna be the carbs. They got some gunk in em i bet. Probably old fuel turned to gunk from setting up. I had the same problem on my 40 horse.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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