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Throttle cable adjustments



I have a 50 Merc (1980-82?) with a quicksilver throttle box. When I try to shift into reverse it is very tough. When I finally get the lever back, 95% of the time it won't go into gear, just raises the RPM's.

I was told it was most likely an adjustment problem and to look at the cables. So I did. I noticed that where the cables connect to the motor, one was "threaded out"--I can see silver threads. The other one was in the motor. Don't get me wrong, the cable is NOT disconnected, just appears out. I am not having any trouble at all with the forward gear.

Is there a way a "not so gifted with outboards" individual can fix this at home instead of paying a $90-$130 service fee? I can't find my manual or find anything on the internet.

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