1981 Sea Ray Sundancer won't shift into gear

Discussion in 'Classic Sea Rays' started by Bill Nelson, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson New Member

    29
    Oct 21, 2019
    New River, AZ
    1981 Sea Ray Sundancer
    5.7 L Mercruiser
    Problem #2: Shifter is really tight, can go into gear. When I removed the control shifter cable per the T/S instructions, it moved freely. Transom cable, on the other hand is tight as a drum and won't budge. Any ideas what the problem could be?
     
  2. Ned

    Ned New Member

    28
    Sep 30, 2019
    Lake city fl
    1973 searay srv with 302 engine .
    302 ford
    Take the shifter apart and grease it up. Spray wd40 where ever you can. Look for grease fittings at your steering and shift cables behind the engine.
     
  3. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson New Member

    29
    Oct 21, 2019
    New River, AZ
    1981 Sea Ray Sundancer
    5.7 L Mercruiser
    Yep, thanks Ned! It was frozen internally!
    The motor got hot, which...
    melted the shielding which...
    allowed corrosion in which...
    caused the cable to seize
     

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