So had the boat out on Lake Charlevoix, MI on vacation and had a problem. Had the boys out tubing slowed while in forward toa crawl then went to shift to neutral. I heard and felt a pop on the shifter lever and it became very easy to move the lever...my lever has always been fairly hard to move and took some effort to shift between F-N-R. When the next group wnet out to tube I started the boat with the lever in neutral but we wnet in reverse, i put it to F and we still wnet backwards.
After a cell phone call to a local dealer he told me to pull the gate up manually so we could drive back to the launch. I then talked to them again and they thought the reverse cable broke and told me to visually look. I puller the lever/throttle up and found the cable from the shifter followed it to the engine compartment and out to the gate. I dont see anything visually wrong with it. if i manually lig=ft the gate up it moves the lever to F when i shift the lever to neutral it moves the gate down but probably to far and into Reverse position although the shift lever is only in Neutral. I can not lift the gate out of neutral or reverese and into F using the lever i can only do it manually by reaching underwater and lifting the gate up to allow the jet to spray without hitting the gate.
I wanted to know if anyone else has experienced this and if they felt it was the reverse cable or if something else could have broke. Again i definetly felt and heard something break, but with my non professional eyes I dont see a problem upon inspection. I found a few gusy that said that its not to hard to replace the reverse cable but before i buy one and do it I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions or experience. Also has anyone fixed reverse cable...any problems or tips? Thanks again !!!!!
2006 Challenger 180 reverse cable problem?
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Posted 16 September 2011 - 02:39 PM
Update - Well I went ahead and ordered the reverse cable and it took me about 1 hr or so and I had it installed in the boat. Used the boat up on Green Lake, WI over the Labor Day weekend and it worked fine. Would have been even better if it had been warmer and not so windy but we still had a blast tubing and cruising. The cable fixed the problem. The old one had cracked about 7 inches from the gate at the back of the boat.
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