Re: [OMC-Boats] 1970 Sportsman 155 outdrive stuck in up position

From: BC Howk <bchowk@...>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 11:01:35 -0500 (CDT)
Once again, Everyone here seems to be right on. I have had both of the problems you describe with my 69 sportsman 155.

To answer you origional question, assuming the 70 still has the cable steering system like my 69, NO the steering does not need to be centered (although like lee I usually do) and is a different issue than the tilt,

Steering: Lee is right on (as usual) check to see if you have slipped a pulley. If you have, you likely have stripped away some of the vynil covering, dont be like me and try to reuse the cable....just restring it with new the first time. Take your time and think it through so that you get it centered and turning left and right as you would expect. It's not that bad....

TILT: again assuming is like my 69 that ended up having a bad tilt motor, here are a couple tricks to isolate it....There are 2 wires (Green and Blue) that go to the tilt motor, pull that connector apart stick a test light or multi-meter on either and a good ground and toggle you switch then check the other direction (the other wire) if that is good then I would suspect either the motor or something in your tilt clutch pack has gotten in a bind.

Another more "down home" way to check. Remove the quadrant gear from your outdrive, toggle your tilt switch up and down, look to see if the little gear moves, super simple...In my experiences sometimes putting the quadrant gear back on (now in the down position) and try your tilt again this magically healed for me a couple times.....So if this is the case for you, maybe check out te see if you battry is getting weak and that your charging system is up to snuff, again my experience coupled with a weakening and ultimately dead tilt motor.

Good Luck,

On May 23, 2009, William R. Lindow, DMD <williamlindow@...> wrote:

I hear a clicking sound when flipping the
switch and that's all. Does the outdrive
need to be straight before raising it?

On May 23, 2009, at 11:07 PM, BLDFW <bldfw@...> wrote:

When you say you're unable to lower it, what is happening?  Is it trying to lower but not or maybe a problem with the switch?  What's it doing?
Dallas, TX
1970 Evinrude Explorer - 155 Buick V6 - OMC sterndrive

--- On Sat, 5/23/09, William R. Lindow, DMD <> wrote:

From: William R. Lindow, DMD <williamlindow@...>
Subject: [OMC-Boats] 1970 Sportsman 155 outdrive stuck in up position
To: omc-boats@...
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2009, 9:58 PM

Took my boat out today and it ran great.  When docking, I turned off the engine and raised the outdrive.  Got it onto the trailer and noticed the outdrive was turned to the right and I was unable to lower it or turn the steering wheel.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.   Bill
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