Originally Posted by Olivergm
Ahoy, my starboard controller has gotten really stiff in both forward and reverse over the last few weeks. I've ordered replacement cables but before I bite off more than I can chew please confirm... Could it possibly not be the cable if it's smooth as silk in neutral but stiff in gear? Any advise appreciated.
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If I remember rightly, the MT3 has two cable-sets per controller. As it's a Morse type they'll be one cable-set for the throttle and one cable-set running to the gearbox
. By what you've described it sounds like your throttle cable is ok and your gear-engage cable is either very corroded, poorly lubricated or both.
I'd check inside your helm-pedestal or wherever you've mounted the MT3, and check to see whether they are separate cables. It's also worth a check to make sure something isn't simply stuck in the handle mechanism and causing the problem.
If it's the case that your gear-cable is an issue, then follow all morse cables back to the engine
and the gear-box to see if there's any reason for them being stiff. I would then disconnect the morse cable from the gearbox
if possible and ensure that the root of the issues isn't due to the gearbox itself. Following the cables also may help determine whether there's a reason why the gear-cable is stiff and not the throttle. For example, the gear-cable may be routed through an area or passed on edge which has rubbed the casing of the cable and ruined it...
If you do determine that it's the cable itself which is the problem, then I'd recommend that you replace all of the cables, including the throttle one - as there's a chance they're all on their way out.