Won't shift into forward

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by asolde, Jul 26, 2018.

  1. asolde

    asolde New Member

    6
    Jun 14, 2018
    2004 Sea Ray sundancer 260
    6.2
    Hello I have a 2004 sea ray sundancer 260 with a 6.2 engine and a Bravo 3 stern drive. I am having a problem shifting into forward gear. When I shift into forward it wont go into gear unless I start to rev it to 1000 rpm and then it might clunk into gear. I called for a mechanic at the marina but it might take up to four weeks before he can look at it. My plan right now is to adjust the shift linkage at the engine per the service manual. I am awaiting a tool the I ordered to use for adjustment.
     
  2. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Did this just happen all of a sudden?

    I bet the cable is broken some where some how ..... or came loose from a support or mount.

    I would look and observe the entire length of the cable before just adjusting.
     
  3. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    That or a cone clutch failure in the drive... although they will make a slipping noise at least on a B3.

    What is your outdrive?
     
  4. asolde

    asolde New Member

    6
    Jun 14, 2018
    2004 Sea Ray sundancer 260
    6.2
    A little history in 2011 the cable was replaced, the outdrive was removed and completely serviced, the reason why is because there was an engine replacement I am not certain which cable was replaced without a little more research but I am assuming that it was the outdrive cable. In 2017 the cable was replaced because the shifter lever was worn and replaced I assume it was the shifter cable. I am hoping it is just a adjustment or something came loose at the engine. I have read a lot about this problem in other forums or whatever comes up on google I wont be able to get back to my boat until this Sunday to do more trouble shooting and have the adjustment tool with me. I have been studying this for the last few days to gain as much knowledge as I can. Hoping to gain more knowledge here I am mechanically inclined and can turn a wrench just not a marine mechanic. The stern drive is a Bravo 3 I don't know the numbers on it but will find out for sure. Thanks for the input and looking forward to more I need all the help I can get. Alex
     
  5. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    Cone clutch, mine failed the same way. About 300 bucks for the part. You want to fix it asap before you break a gear set.
     
  6. DjNiki4

    DjNiki4 Member

    108
    Sep 26, 2016
    NJ/NY/CT
    2004 260 Sundancer
    MAG 350
    SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME...
    2004 sea ray sundancer 260 with a 350 MAG engine and a Bravo 3 outdrive

    Yesterday i went for a ride was out on the bay anchored all day no issues on the way back i was around 4200 rpms and 28kts and all of a sudden i heard the alarm go off. it was 1 beep every 1 min.

    The boat still had power and was driving fine, once i got to the no wake zone i slowed it down. Than once i got closer to my dock i slowed down again and that's when it shut off on me. Tried to start it nothing. . .

    I did started it with Advance Throttle and she idles fine around 1500, than i put it in Neutral so i can put in gear it turned off on me. . .
    Started again with the throttle on and i was able to put in in neutral and in gear very very very fast that's how i got to the nearest dock and left it there. . .

    I called my marina and told em waiting on mechanic to take a look at it or run his computer to see what the code is...

    Anyone here has any idea what this could be? Shift cables? IAC? Switch Interrupter?

    Thanks Nick
     
  7. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    Not really the same thing as the OP here... his sounds like a cone clutch. Yours is like you suggest... IAC or neutral interrupt switch.

    You should have started your own thread for this one.
     
  8. DjNiki4

    DjNiki4 Member

    108
    Sep 26, 2016
    NJ/NY/CT
    2004 260 Sundancer
    MAG 350
  9. asolde

    asolde New Member

    6
    Jun 14, 2018
    2004 Sea Ray sundancer 260
    6.2
    Update on my shifting problem. Turns out it was the cone clutch and upper/lower gear sets worn out from the paint that was inside the case from the factory. Seems the factory powder coated the inside case to prevent corrosion. My technician did not want to overhaul the unit because it would only happen again from the paint flaking off inside the unit. I inspected the unit and sure enough paint is inside and is flaking off. I am replacing the whole stern drive for about $7200 That's a remanufacture unit from mercruiser,labor, and sales tax. Bums me out
     
  10. duckmnn

    duckmnn Member

    540
    Jul 21, 2010
    Grafton IL where the IL and Mississippi rivers com
    270sundancer 1996
    454 B3
    Check with Michigan Motorz . It been couple years bought I bought B3 drive mercruiser
     

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