Emergency Brake Lever Laying Flat

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  1. SilentJ20

    SilentJ20 Member

    30
    May 26, 2021
    Graham, WA
    1994 SeaRay 220BR Signature
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha 1 Gen 2
    Afternoon,

    I have a Dico Model 60 Surge Brake actuator. I noticed the other day that my break-away cable lever seems to be sitting a little, 'flat', compared to pics I see online of similar hitches. The internals show it's hitting the big spring washer as it should, and it doesn't have any slop in it. But I have a hard time believing this flat lever will actually work correctly in an emergency situation.

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    Any thoughts?

    Thanks,
     
  2. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    I don't see anything wrong with it. Pull it - does it operate properly?
     
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  3. SilentJ20

    SilentJ20 Member

    30
    May 26, 2021
    Graham, WA
    1994 SeaRay 220BR Signature
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha 1 Gen 2
    It does not move. Like at all. Now, I can't say what will happen if it gets a hard yank of a few hundred/thousand pounds if it actually broke free. But it didn't give any indication of free movement. Maybe time to look into fixing it.

    If I try to wiggle it, move it by hand without the cable I can get it to move how it should--at least a little. But by the cable and the angle it pulls at, nothing.
     
  4. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha I Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
  5. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Put a large wrench (slip joint works well) on it to help lift the arm to check function.
     
  6. SilentJ20

    SilentJ20 Member

    30
    May 26, 2021
    Graham, WA
    1994 SeaRay 220BR Signature
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha 1 Gen 2
    Since this was concerning me, and the parts are cheap, I went ahead and bought a new Dico/Titan 60 lever. Also had a new cable attached which looks stronger than the original.

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    It sits at an angle that leads me to believe it will actually function correctly now. In all likelihood I'll never have to rely on it, but I don't feel right when safety equipment isn't correct.
     
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