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Old 10-01-2014, 22:49   #1
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Engine Trans and throtle control

Ok...This is a long shot. I have a stock Hallberg Rassy FG Pedestal steering with a separate throttle lever and shift lever. Inside the pedestal is a metal encasement. Lets call it a transmission box. Since day one, the throttle has been too stiff. It is not the cable that is hanging up, nor is there a cable clamp to adjust tension. I'm thinking there is some kind of braking system to adjust this tension. I believe it is an old Morse control. Can anyone shed light on this?
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Re: Engine Trans and throtle control

Still hoping...
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Re: Engine Trans and throtle control

There should be a throttle tension screw on either throttle lever or on the shaft probably a flat head or a Allen key. Will look like a set screw some are more obvious than others. Could be also that there is old grease or salt around throttle shaft. If you had any pics might help to identify the correct screw or problem
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Re: Engine Trans and throtle control

Look near the end of the cable at the engine for a G-shaped clamp with a machine screw that bears on the cable sheath. Loosen or remove it, depending on resistance.
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Look near the end of the cable at the engine for a G-shaped clamp with a machine screw that bears on the cable sheath. Loosen or remove it, depending on resistance.
Unfortunately no G clamp.
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Re: Engine Trans and throtle control

How old is the cable? Also, can you remove the compass and get to the cable connection to the pedestal throttle arm? If so, pop the cable off the pedestal throttle arm, then attempt to move the throttle arm without the resistance of the cable. I fixed a problem like this four months ago on a twenty-five year old Cape Dory, discovering heavy corrosion INSIDE the pedestal support that contains the axle connecting the throttle lever to the inside throttle lever attaching to the cable. Also, while disconnected, attempt to pull and push the cable inside the sheath to actuate the engine side throttle arm. All of these are supposed to be easy. Not being so indicates where the problem(s) lie. If you find the corrosion, spray lots of penetrating oil on the site where the axle enters the pedestal body, actuate the lever a zillion times, using more penetrating oil until it looses, then gradually add a more substantial, and longer lasting oil.
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How old is the cable?
I actually isolated the cable, it was smooth.
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Re: Engine Trans and throtle control

You've isolated the cable and it was smooth. You then checked the action of the throttle lever, without cable in the pedestal (and I assume it was smooth). And you have independently actuated the throttle at the engine and (again, assuming) it was smooth. Last thing, gather up 1/2 cup of gingerbread crumbs, distribute them in THREE concentric circles, COUNTERCLOCKWISE around the pedestal, and place a small glass of aged tequila within a foot or two of the pedestal, overnight. Call me in the morning if that doesn't work.
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