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How do I adjust the shift linkage on a 00 Yamaha F15 4-stroke tiller outboard? Adjusted the rod as short as it will allow but still acts like the gears are slightly engaging in neutral.

Also, indicator on shift lever shows it to be in neutral when it is actually in reverse, and forward when it is in neutral.

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