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    2556 Neutral Safety Switch-gctid821682

    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!

    #2
    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.
    1995 Bayliner 2452
    Alpha 1 Gen II
    2016 - 5.7 Vortec 4BBL
    Full Closed Cooling

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      #3
      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.
      Dave
      Edmonds, WA
      "THE FIX"
      '93 2556
      Carbureted 383 Vortec-Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P

      The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
      Misc. projects thread
      https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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        #4
        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.


        NU LIBERTE'
        Salem, OR

        1989 Bayliner 2556 Convertible
        5.7 OMC Cobra - 15.5x11 prop
        N2K equipped throughout..
        2014 Ram 3500 crew cab, 6.7 Cummins
        2007 M-3705 SLC weekend warrior, 5th wheel
        '04 Polaris Sportsman 700 -- '05 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO
        Heavy Equipment Repair and Specialty Welding

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          #5
          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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            #6
            "Centerline2" post=821743 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:
            Dave
            Edmonds, WA
            "THE FIX"
            '93 2556
            Carbureted 383 Vortec-Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P

            The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
            Misc. projects thread
            https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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              #7
              "builderdude" post=821805 wrote:
              "Centerline2" post=821743 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..


              NU LIBERTE'
              Salem, OR

              1989 Bayliner 2556 Convertible
              5.7 OMC Cobra - 15.5x11 prop
              N2K equipped throughout..
              2014 Ram 3500 crew cab, 6.7 Cummins
              2007 M-3705 SLC weekend warrior, 5th wheel
              '04 Polaris Sportsman 700 -- '05 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO
              Heavy Equipment Repair and Specialty Welding

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                #8
                yes a lot of cable length and linkage being movied together on these boats. I know I'll need new control cables soon.
                Dave
                Edmonds, WA
                "THE FIX"
                '93 2556
                Carbureted 383 Vortec-Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P

                The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
                Misc. projects thread
                https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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