The saga continues....
I had an outboard shop assemble the lower unit for me. They only charged for one hour of labor, they pressure tested it and said it was in fine shape. They mentioned that it was in forward gear
for my reference during assembly. I got the lower unit attached easily and I even painted it. Then I tried to change gears. It was stuck in forward and would not budge to reverse.
I took off the lower unit again and took a look at the shift shaft. It is stuck in place, and won't push down as it should, even with a good deal of pressure. Another mechanic in the yard looked at it and agreed that it could be tight with new seals, but not that tight.
Obviously I'm going to take it back to the shop to have them resolve this, but since they are closed today and tomorrow I am nervously wondering what could be the issue. I am supposed to shove off this Friday and I can't really afford any major delays. Also, I am hoping they fix it for free, since they said it was working fine when they returned it to me. Any insights on what could be the cause of an immovable shift shaft? This could help me talk to the guys and avoid further charges and delays, as well as hopefully settle my anxiety about this.
Any thoughts?? Thanks, yet again.