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Old 09-26-2020, 07:54 AM
daredevil daredevil is offline
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Default 1996 Merc. 60HP

I know it's old but use it on a river. Year ago it started up fine, in neutral it revved up great, but put it in gear and no longer would rev up. Would run but boat only goes 2 MPH. Just won't rev up in gear(forward/reverse).
Someone said power pack, someone said maybe linkage. I'm not mechanical.
Any ideas?
Thanx a bunch & good fishing to all.
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Old 09-26-2020, 09:35 AM
REW REW is offline
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The motor needs a full check up.

Compression, carburation, ignition.

Fix the defect or defects and the engine will run well again.

Best wishes.
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Old 09-28-2020, 02:53 PM
halftag halftag is offline
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Default 94' 60 HP Similiar

I had a similiar issue on my 94' 60 HP Merc. Turned out to be the "trigger" unit. It a round sealed electronic component located under the flywheel. When they are failing, its like the motor won't kick into the next "gear" and runs at low power.

Just do a search engine search for Mercury trigger and you'll find all kinds of information.
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Old 09-29-2020, 06:32 AM
Paul H Paul H is offline
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Coil(s) will cause a similar issue.
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Old 10-24-2020, 12:00 AM
Mrxlh Mrxlh is offline
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Search troubleshooting “switch box mercury ignition issues” there is a ton of info on the net. Personally if you have a dealer well versed in the 2 smokes, bring it there. With all the correct breakout harness’ and test tools you can troubleshoot a switch box or CDM Mercury 2 stroke in an hour or less.
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