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Re: Throttle cable releasing back to idle
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.