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Mark 2 Wheel Pilot Issue

My Mark 2 wheel pilot clutch slips out of gear under way, not convenient, and I can't figure out how to fix it. I've taken to tying it up with a small cord, but that's hard to undo in the dark etc. Any ideas?

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Are you talking about the little locking lever that you push down/rotate to engage it?
Is it popping up?

First check to see if the lever screw is loose.

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Part #6 (two of them)

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There is a little black knob next to where the motor is inserted into wheel drive. There is a set screw in the center of it. Loosen the set screw a turn or so and screw the knob in two or three clicks. Re-tighten the set screw. It usually is not much of an adjustment. Don't make it too tight.

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This is what I did to solve my problem. First it was too tight and then too loose. Now it is just right.

http://www.raymarine.com/submittedfi...2_wheel_sm.pdf
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Thanks, I did two out of three. I'll retry.
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Our old wheel pilot (which finally failed in the Gulf of Mexico) would slip out of gear at the most frustrating moments. We finally fabricated a small noose from shock cord to hold it in place. It was quick and easy to slip on and off and served for a good many years before the drive packed it in.

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Sam, yes I tie mine up also, just a pain. Hoped for a fix. Good to know I'm not the only one
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We do the shock cord also, but we have found that rinsing the drive belt with fresh water after a trip helps a lot.
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