I purchased a Mark 55 last fall, saw it run, and have stored it indoors since I picked it up. I put it on a boat this past weekend and hooked up the control cables.
When I went to pull I was only able to put the rope out about 3/4 of the way and could feel it getting stuck. I assumed the cable attached to the shifter was out of whack so I adjusted it and gave it another pull but the same thing happened. The motor did appear to be in neutral when I pulled the chord.
Anyway, I pulled it a third time and the rope would not retract. I did this on my 1957 Evinrude 18 hp and broke a plastic arm in the flywheel.
Did I do the same thing again? Any idea how to take the top cowl off as well? I'm just getting into working on these old Mercs so I'm new to all of this fun stuff. Thanks!
amreame wrote: Any idea how to take the top cowl off as well? I'm just getting into working on these old Mercs so I'm new to all of this fun stuff. Thanks!
With the wrap off, look up into the top cowl and you'll see 4 7/16" nuts, two in front and two in the back. Remove these and the top cowl will lift right off. There may be spacers on the studs in the cowl. Don't let those get away; you'll need them.
That nut is REVERSE THREAD. Support the recoil assembly while you're removing it, too, so it doesn't fall out and spring the spring. Take pics, notes, etc. as there is a very specific order that all the bits have to go back together. I've taken several apart over the years that had things all bolloxed up and wouldn't work properly due to previous owners "fixing" them.
was there tension on the spring? if not the problem may be the tab washer under the nut. look at the center of the washer and see if the inner tab is broken off.
I just looked at the tab washer pic it is broken and you need a new one.