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Merc 4.5 reverse

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Hi everyone

My Mercury 4.5 outboard raises completely out of the water when i stick it in reverse. I was wondering whether anyone had any ideas as to why it's doing it and more importantly how to fix it. The reverse gear works fine and if i hold the motor down with my arm the actual reverse is fine. If i manually lift the engine there's a locking mechanism to keep it up and then a pin to keep it down but when i reverse it still raises up.

For now im going to fix a rope so that it can only raise so far. No reverse is pretty annoying when my moorings stern on

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Your reverse latch is not engaging, never had a mercury so can't help with specifics but it will be the sprung bit that you have to push or pull so that you can tilt the engine.

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Sorry Stowie, had to delete the picture as it had a dirty great copyright logo on it, the link will still take the OP to it though so nothing lost.

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Sorry Anatares, I put the photo on because initially the URL link didn't work because it had characters in it that didn't survive the HTML.

Then I edited it and did it properly, with the forum's URL tags button, and it worked ok then, I should have removed the photo afterwards... :roll:

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