Pulling the lower unit off.

Discussion in 'Bubba's Outboards' started by gearhead, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. gearhead

    gearhead New Member

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    Its a 2001 mercury 20 hp ,Is there anything I should be aware of before I tear in to it ,Any helpful suggestions welcome .I would like to try and fix it myself, Thanks anyone.
     
  2. vlparrish

    vlparrish New Member

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    Gearhead, On most lower unit removals, the hardest part is the shift linkage. If you can whip that, which aint real hard you won't have any trouble. Vern
     

  3. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Yeah, real simple. IF you don't all ready have a manual for that motor, get one. As a temporary means, you can go to the public library and generally zerox the few pages in the manual which deals with the lower unit removal. Some of these motors are electric shift (don't know about yours) which is a completley different animal than the manual shifts. A manual will save you money. A manual will save you time. A manual will save you fistfulls of hair. Get a manual.
     
  4. wayne1967

    wayne1967 New Member

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    Yeah the linkage is hardest park to get back in. Easiest way is to put it in gear and turn the prop by hand untill it lines up.
     
  5. BKS72

    BKS72 New Member

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    Lawrence is right, there's no substitute for the manual. If you can find the actual shop manual it's miles better than the Clymer books or whatever, but the Clymers are a lot better than nothing.

    When you go to put it back on, try and have an extra set of hands. One person can do it, but it can be a hassle lining up your water and exhaust tubes and the driveshaft splines. If you don't get the water tube lined up and seated you've got a rather large problem coming in your near future:wink:

    With a handle like Gearhead you'll probably have no problems at all, but the manual does make things easier. Good Luck~

    Branden
     
  6. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    should be a piece of cake line up the shift linage by turning the prop
     
  7. gearhead

    gearhead New Member

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    Thanks guys, rev. dogs must be buzzed off, it want stay in rev.