A family friend is havin issues with their boat so I said I would lend a hand. I dont know anything about I/O's, but figured it cant be too difficult.
They have been having problems with the tilt switch burning fuses often and just recently, it left them stranded at the ramp unable to bring the outdrive up. It was continuously burning fuses when trying to bring it up. It would go down no problem. I had to go down there, pull the hydraulic lines, stuff them into the reservoir and force the drive up by hand to put in the chocks.
The shifter control unit seems to be the issue. The unit itself seems very flimsy/old/frail and the switch doesnt feel solid....So it might be a short in the switch. I actually have no idea. Any suggestions?
Its a Carerra 20.5 Elite Custom Edition with a MerCruiser Alpha One drive. The shifter itself is a Quicksilver.
Should I just replace the whole shifter and wiring? Any suggestions on what shifter I should get? or is this a common issue and theres a quick fix?
I am looking for a simple and cost effective solution. I dont want to replace it with a $800 blinged out billet shifter.
Heres a picture of the shifter: