Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
MN Angler

lower unit problems

5 posts in this topic

I just replaced the impeller in my lower unit and am having trouble getting the lower unit back on. It is a 15hp 1983 Evinrude. The model numbers are as follows:E15RCTA , E0202904. I am able to get it all the way up but when shifting my gears are now messed up. What do I have to put the lower unit and main motor in for it to work? Is there any easy way of doing this? I spent 4 hours and feel like I have tried everything.

Thanks for the help

MN Angler

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It can be a tough one, for any model. I have 25 hp evinrude and 40, 50, 150 hp mercs. The mercs are easier.

I know my rude is different than your 15 hp so can't really say. If the linkage adjustment is a "screw type" then it is like mine was, and you have to make sure to keep the bottom portion from moving - it is like two nuts if I recall, and make sure you only screw the top to tighten it. I screwedd the bottom, and it changed the adjustment and the same thing happened to me that happened to you. (It could be vice versa, I can't recall 100%.)

I wish I could help you more, but I had to take lower unit off twice for the rude as well, and had to run it in garge can full of water, as I didn't have muffs to test it...

Good luck! Others will be more help than me I am sure smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I believe your outboard has the access window to coupler.

I'm guessing you don't have the sift rods set into the coupler all the way.

Since you have the lower unit on, put the shift lever into neutral. Through the window to coupler, remove one bolt(same bolt your removed to free the sift rod). Pull the lower sift rod into the coupler(I use a large hemostat), install the bolt and tighten.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No access cover on that one, you just have to have the case lowered enough to get to the coupler. I would agree that the shift shaft is not in the coupler all the way. The indentation in the shaft should be in the screw hole, if that makes any sense.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ok that must be my problem then, the shift shaft not all the way in the coupler. The old coupler and screws were kinda beat up so I decided to get new ones just have to find time to give it another whirl. Thanks again everyone

MN Angler

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • After a quarter century in the construction sector I learned you should take your budget, double it and add another 10%. That gets most people in the ballpark anyway lol. 
    • You didn't even understand the question Junior. Do we need to get you a translator? 
    •   And then what? There's a saying that goes, "Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it."   You have a country of 300 some million individuals and a good number of that all have different ideas how to so call fix this. That's why we are set up as a representative republic and not a democracy.   You seem to be assuming most people will see things your way

    • Look my very own internet stalker making memes about me, such a proud day.

    • I guess the question is when are we going to get pizzed off enough to do something about it? Guess we aren't there yet.
    •   Hi guys ... Everyone was very helpful last year with what line to use ect...   As I was a fairly new Bass fisherman.  Had a great last open water season as did great with Texas rigs with variety of Senko's.  Also started throwing frogs with 50# power pro with 7'6" med Heavy rod ... wow is that fun!!   What brand is every throwing or like?   I'm going to try the Bobby's Perfect Frog this year  by Snag Proof.  I threw the Booya's this last year and that is a rush.  Can't wait for some basin times!!
    •   Yep, had to fix a few of those switches and tell the wife and kids to let the motor stop before pounding it in reverse!!
    • Kind of crude image but here is what I'm looking at.
    • Access is in the middle but I'm not overly concerned with that.  I can seal it up and cut a new one.  I'm thinking about slide channels mounted on the wall with a steel or aluminum frame mounted to the channels that can slide up and down with a electric winch routed through a couple pulleys. 
    •   You and Bearsheet.................blame everyone but yourselves.  All you those grueling hours you 2 spent in Sillytown advocating for Gary "Hillary is great" Johnson.   #victim #noonegetsitbutyou
  • Our Sponsors