I have gone from thinking that I had stiff controls, to not being able to find neutral (stuck in forward), to having no reverse.
I disconnected the cable at the outdrive on the volvo 280 outdrive. My helm and flybridge controls were dismantled and reassembled with fresh grease and new neutral switches. The cables for acceleration and shifting work smooth and bind free when not hooked upthe the linkage in the outdrive.
When the shifting linkage at the outdrive is unhooked, as well as the cables, I am able to shift into forward or reverse by hand actuating the eccentric. When I reattach the shifting linkage to the eccentric I can maually make the shift into forward and back to neutral, but I bottom out on the reverse lock rod. It doesn't matter if I try to shorten or make the rod longer at the pivot head.
I removed the shifting yoke and pulled the reverse lock free because it seemed so loose in the hole where it disappears going back to the retaining pawl bracket. This L shaped rod seems shorter then what is shown in the manual. It is only about 3 1/2 inches long.
First I wonder if this is a 2-part assembly that has come disonnected?
Next, I wonder is there is any way to service this retaining pawl rod / thrust rod linkage while in the water? The manual says something about damage to the thrust rod might develope if not adjusted correctly. I got a feeling that is what happened.
I'm not having any problem working by leaning over the transom to access the outdrive cover, but reaching around the outdrive even when raised to its highest position seems out of the question.
Thanks for the tip Old Houseboater - I might have to consider that. I'm on the Mississippi but there are some sandbars not to far upstream. I just hate the thought of going for even a short cruise without reverse.
You shouldn't have too much trouble locating a trailer to use for a few days. The Yukon Delta doesn't weigh that much and most any pick-up with larger cruiser trailer could pull it out where you can get to everything. It would be awful to get upriver to a shoal and then not be able to get it back in forward for whatever reason!