Calling all Gearheads
The original shift handle left a broken stump when it snapped off. I drilled two holes through the stump and bolted on a length of steel from a shelf bracket. There is a steel pin at the base of the handle upon which the handle pivots. It’s this steel pin that is giving me the trouble. For reference, my outboard is a 2003 Mercury Bigfoot, 9.9 HP.
Below is an exploded view of the steel pin. I circled the pin in red. It appears to me to be a pressure fit, and all I should need to do is tap it out of place with a hammer. The problem is I don’t know which way is the correct direction to tap it, or if I’m even correct in my assumption that it just needs to be tapped out. From the exploded view, I can see that one end of the pin is beveled/textured, probably to hold it in place.
Below are close up pictures that I took of the pin. On the outside of the engine body is a plastic plug. Removing the plug allows access to the pin that I need to remove. According to the exploded view, this is the side of the pin that is textured. I think this is the side that I need to tap with a hammer. But if I’m wrong, I’ll drive that textured area into the wrong direction and may permanently damage the shift lever mount.