I took my boat out last Friday, having not used it for 5 weeks (I was having withdrawls). Motor purred like usual but I had no reverse. Forward worked fine, so I went fishing. I was thinking that maybe some water had got into the shift cable and messed something up when it froze. No such luck. Bad news on my Lower unit. Apparently I had gotten some water in there. It must have froze because my bearing carrier (behind the prop) is cracked, which in turn also cracked the LU case on the side next to the carrier.. The bearing carrier cracking has given extra forward "play" in the prop shaft (length wise). So when I put the motor in reverse, the gear is not making contact with the prop shaft. Forward doesn't have that problem. Provided nothing else is wrong internally, would it be possible to just replace the bearing carrier, then repair the small crack on the side of the LU? Or am I looking for another LU? :sad2: Thanks!