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2556 Neutral Safety Switch 19 Aug 2017 14:52 #1

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Hey guys and gals, hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Last weekend we took the boat out for the day and I had some trouble starting the engine. I had to wiggle the gear shift a bit to get her started so I believe the neutral safety switch may be acting up.

So I guess two questions:

1) where is the neutral safety switch located?
2) How would I go about adjusting, repairing or replacing it? (I DO NOT WANT TO DISABLE IT!!)

Thanks for your input!

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2556 Neutral Safety Switch 19 Aug 2017 15:17 #2

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It's located in the gas/gear control, easy to exchange but I don't know about repairing, it's not expensive so don't waste to much time on it.

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2556 Neutral Safety Switch 19 Aug 2017 15:28 #3

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Joel, its screwed to the throttle/gear selector at the upper helm. Just take a peak under there and you'll see it. BTW sometimes I have to give mine a wiggle in the neutral position as well.

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2556 Neutral Safety Switch 19 Aug 2017 21:43 #4

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as builderdude said, its at the lever on the upper station... and its normal to have to wiggle the shifter a bit sometimes to find the start position.. with all the cable length running to two helm stations and no detent at the shift lever, is very easy for the lever to be out of the start position.... its also possible that the switch is loose on its mounting or that it is beginning to fail, so it should be checked out.
if it is beginning to fail, its not an emergency to get it replaced, as if it does fail completely when out on the water, the wires going to it just need to be connected together... but you need to be aware that IT WILL START IN GEAR.

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2556 Neutral Safety Switch 20 Aug 2017 12:33 #5

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Awesome, thank you all for the information, this is exactly what I was looking for. Going down to enjoy this beautiful Sunday on the water and now I can worry about one less thing.

Safe boating all!

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2556 Neutral Safety Switch 20 Aug 2017 14:22 #6

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Centerline2 wrote: with all the cable length running to two helm stations and no detent at the shift lever,


Mine has detents at both helm controls, upper snaps into neutral pretty good the lower not so much :dry:

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2556 Neutral Safety Switch 20 Aug 2017 16:35 #7

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builderdude wrote:

Centerline2 wrote: with all the cable length running to two helm stations and no detent at the shift lever,


Mine has detents at both helm controls, upper snaps into neutral pretty good the lower not so much :dry:


mine does not detent, and honestly, I have only seen these controls on one other boat (dual helm), and it didnt detent either, so i assumed they were not supposed to detent to minimize drag from the other helm when shifting.... both of my shift levers (and throttle levers) move at the same time.

the shift linkage at the motor has a definite detent, and as much as I CAN feel it when shifting at either station, there is enough slack in the cables that it doesnt even come close to having the control lever near the center where the neutral safety switch is, and when i had my cables loose at the lower helm, the lever moved forward and back without any feel of a detent... maybe the detent is not adjusted properly, or the PO has disabled them..

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2556 Neutral Safety Switch 20 Aug 2017 16:52 #8

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yes a lot of cable length and linkage being movied together on these boats. I know I'll need new control cables soon.

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