Engine that makes noise when shifting.


Old 09-07-02, 07:30 PM
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Engine that makes noise when shifting.

1986 Force Outboard, 85 hp

I am thinking of buying a 16' bayliner. There is one thing about the engine that bothers me though which may be a problem.

The engine starts and runs great in every gear. However, when I shift from idle to a gear and back, the lower unit makes a "ching, ching, ching" sound for a few seconds and then the noise stops when it is in gear or back to idle. Someone said that this noise is ok, and not to worry. Should I?
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Old 09-11-02, 06:19 PM
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The gearshift engages metal teeth to mesh together.
It is important to shift into gear briskly to avoid the ends of
the teeth becoming rounded. If there is sufficient lube in the
gearcase, and its clean. I would not worry about a ratcheting
when shifting into gear.

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