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Re: Throttle cable releasing back to idle

Originally Posted by patrscoe View Post
Since we purchased our sailboat late last year, the throttle has no tension and springs back to idle if I let go from the handle. The Yanmar has an internal spring and The Edson model I have (throttle on the side and shifter in the front) does not have a tension screw. I read on previous posts that you can put a Morse cable brake part #44386 on the cable, using this as a tension seems like it would damage the cable over time.
Any thoughts on the proper fix?
Sorry to ask what may be a silly questions, but, have you taken the compass off the binnacle to be sure there is no tension screw?

Also, some older marine engines don't have a throttle return spring. Could you simply remove the return spring from the engine and use it that way?

Honestly, I don't understand having a return spring and then using a tension screw so that it won't return on it's own.
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