shifting problem. 40 hp johnson

Discussion in 'Boats and Motors' started by bulafisherman, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. Brother and I were out on Erie last weekend when out of the blue his 98 longshaft johnson tiller outboard wouldnt shift out of gear, seems to be stuck in forward, the shift lever moves but stays in forward, anyone have any ideas what the problem might be?
  2. Is the shift rod to the lower unit moving? That's assuming you can see it on that motor, as I'm not familiar with it. If not, something's come disconnected.

  3. looking inside the cowling cover as far as I can see everything is connected, looks like its got to be inside the lower unit.