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We're spending the summer on Lake Ontario and I got a great deal on an Ericson 29 in wonderful condition. We will keep it on the Great Lakes.
I can move the transfer case on the Atomic 4 in and out of reverse from the pedestal, but while it move into foreword I can't bring it back to neutral from the pedestal. I can get it out of gear easily with the lever on the engine.
Anyone else run into this problem? I think it may be a problem with a binding cable, but I'm not very familiar with the Atomic 4.
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Re: Transfer box

To get it out of forward gear at the gearbox do you need to disconnect the cable? If so, you've probably got a kink in the cable somewhere, or a loose cable clamp that binds going one way.

If you don't need to disconnect the cable then the issue is more likely to be with the shifting mechanism itself.

This is not an Atomic 4 issue, per se, in all likelihood it's a Morse shifter or similar.


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Thanks. I don't have to disconnect the cable. So it's probably a shifter issue.
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Re: Transfer box

It has been my experience after 10 years of owning a boat with an A4 in it that actual neutral in the transmission is a very narrow band between forward & reverse gears. If there is any restriction or problem with your Morse teleflex shifter cable it will be even more difficult to find neutral.
On my engine neutral seems to be just before or as the reversing gear starts making noise.
You should be able to play with this at a dock or mooring, making the small adjustments in the shifter that finds the spot where the shaft does not spin.
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Re: Transfer box

I had exactly this problem, however my shifter is not located on a pedestal. What I found was that the cable housing would slip in the bracket that fixed the housing just before the engine's shift lever. The whole housing would slide through the clamp and then be stuck in forward. I rebuilt the housing clamp and everything shifts normally. In retrospect, I had notices that the propeller shaft would continue to spin slowly when in neutral. At first I thought I needed to adjust the throw of the inner cable where it attaches to the engine shift arm. Before I got to it, it stayed in forward even when shifting to reverse, so it wasn't fine tuning that I needed to do.
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