the motor dosent have any reverse. had to take the cover nut out and the bearing carrier to replace the seals. was taking water into lower unit last year and didnt know it til saw lube leaking. probably had it out three times with the leak. did this water cause my problems inside with the gears. i was told to check and see if when flipping lever to change gears if the rod moves up and down. from what i can see this lever turns the shift rod not raise it. i gues i will take off the carb so i can see better how the linkage works i gues something on it could be loose, but it shifts the motor into forward and nuetral. i am afraid its in the lower unit. any advice would be appreciated.