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fuel cut off cable
« on: July 28, 2019, 08:03:51 PM »

went to shut my engine off by pulling up on the fuel shut off handle, it went halfway and with a little more effort was able to pull it up all the way and shut the engine down, upon investigation I noticed the end of the cable sheething was pulled out of the bracket adjacent to the shutoff lever, does anyone know how this is supposed to be attached? or do I need a new cable? I thought I had pictures of my engine but can't find any to see what it used to look like attached.  Thanks
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Re: fuel cut off cable
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2019, 08:50:42 PM »

Bob

Because the stop lever is spring-loaded the  stop cable is a ďpullĒ so the end isn't secured (unlike the speed control cable.)  The sheath just sits against the bracket. See pic

(Of course  if yours is different just consider i am pontificating about something that I have no clue because I don't have a 34.)
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Re: fuel cut off cable
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2019, 05:54:27 AM »

thanks Ken, when I pull up on the handle there is a catch halfway up, with a little effort I can pull it all the way up and the engine will stop, I was wondering if something was missing where the cable contacts the bracket  before the spring loaded lever, because at the end of the sheath, about a 1/4", the paint is worn off, could be the cable is getting worn somewhere else.  Diagnosing boat problems a 160 miles away is tough thank you for the picture
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Re: fuel cut off cable
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2019, 08:51:39 AM »

My pic shows a metal thimble over the end of the sheath. Is yours missing?

Good bet itís the stop lever ó check to make sure it operates and returns freely.
I have a problem with mine - it acts like the cable is stuck - but itís actually a very tight lever.

If the end of the cable isnít frayed you can detach it, pull it back, check it, lube it, etc. of course if thereís any fraying you run the risk of getting the end caught when reinserting.

If your stop lever operates freely, the control cable is one of the FEW THINGS that I say donít bother troubleshooting - itís cheap insurance to replace it.
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Re: fuel cut off cable
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2019, 02:46:56 PM »

Bob : Also make sure that the outside of the cable is secured and the inside cable wire didn't get bent!!

A thought
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Re: fuel cut off cable
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2019, 05:14:12 PM »

yes Ken, there is no metal thimble, but it certainly looks like something should be there, I can't blow your picture up to see that, I will look next time at boat, had company leaving and couldn't really look under engine to see if a "thimble" is laying under before we had to go, and Ron I'll have to see where cable is secured to see if its loose, thanks guys
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Re: fuel cut off cable
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2019, 06:25:29 PM »

Bob

I blewed it up.

I canít physically check but it looks to me that thereís something (or was before I touched up paint?) crimped on the end.  No ragged sheath visible, but.... **
though it really shouldnít matter so long as the sheath hits the bracket and the cable is free.

Ken


**Same caveat, itís not a 34, so some hereon may say ďmind your own business, we KNOW our own boats.Ē
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