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Old 06-17-2009, 10:32 AM
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I don't think it is possible, but I thought I would ask since I don't know much about boat repair. My trim switches have failed on my Bravo I and they need replaced along with the wires through the transom. Is it possible to just attach the new wires to the old ones and just pull them through the transom? Or is the complete breakdown of the drive and all those fun components necessary to perform this fix?
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:07 AM
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This what you're looking for?

http://www.mercruiserparts.com/Show_...STEERING+LEVER

FYI...many times the switches are just corroded. You may be able to take them apart and give them a good cleaning.
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:19 AM
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I had the same dilema this year. Both my trim position sending unit and limit switch were shot on my 1992 Bravo. Changing them properly without removing the gimbal ring is tough as there is a retainer plate holding the wires that needs to be removed and it's tough to get to, even with a small double swival. I decided to try it after ordering the parts but couldn't get to the bolt.

Splicing the wires seemed possible but then all the retaining screws holding the units wrung off before they were anywhere near out. I had soaked them with PB blaster for several days before trying it and my outdrive never stays in the water for more than 2 days. Even cleaning them was not an option at that point. Besides they were too far gone anyway.

I didn't care about the limit switch but I use the position sender. I ended up taking it to the shop and having the original u-joint bellows changed at the same time. 1 down week, $700 and I already had the parts.

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Old 06-17-2009, 12:09 PM
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Took the switches apart and found no signs of corrosion, so it has to be the wires going through the transom as I grounded the brown wire (yeah, I thought it was supposed to be brown/white too) going to the trim gauge moved to the down position. The the switches, gauge and wires from the gauge to the transom are fine. The new switches already have the wires attached so it is a pain. I talked with the tech at the marina I keep the boat at and he says he ususally talks people out of fixing them until they need further drive work/maintenance. I will probably wait it out then.
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