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Jimmymac

Transmission take a few minutes to go in drive

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Jimmymac

Just got my 1999 maibu response running after restoration for 2 years and everything seemed to be fine until I tried to put it in drive while on the trailor just checking everything before I put it in the water.. So I put it in drive and it just revs up and nothing engaging.. put in reverse and it engages fine.. so put back in drive let sit for a few minutes and it finally engages.. It's seems like it has no fluid or low on fluid but the transmission fluid has a perfect reading right at the top of the second line.. has anyone had this problem or no what it could be??

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tvano

check the linkage to see if it's adjusted properly.

start by disconnecting the linkage at the trans.

shift trans into neutral, start the engine then shift into f & reverse.

that should isolate the problem to transmission or something forward.

be aware that the drive shaft, beneath the boat, must be kept wet while turning.

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Jimmymac

It went into gear a couple times but like I said it took a few minutes after I had it in the drive with the engine idled up.. after it went in gear I could watch the shaft as I back off and it slowe'd down then stopped when I hit neutral.. That would mean the linkage is probably good.. it did fine last time I ran it 2 years ago.. think it could be low on fluid and I'm not checking it right or something 

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Malibu Jordy

What kind of fluid are you running?  If ATF, what kind?  Ive read that you want to stay away from synthetics in the velvet drive.  2014skier can chime in on this, but ATF type F will change the friction somewhat, but myself Ive always used castrol dexron 3/mercon.  I run mine a little over the full line as Im listed with ballast more often than not.  I check my fluid with the cap/dipstick seated.

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Jimmymac

I use dexron lll mercon also and I would say if I put the dipstick all the way back in I'm slightly over the second line.. im going to see about checking the linkage today when I get off work 

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oldjeep

How are you checking the fluid level?  Should be unscrewing dipstick, wipe it off and then dip it (don't screw back in)  - then look at the level on the dipstick.

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electricjohn

Sitting for 2 years may have let the cooler drain back into the trans giving you a false reading on the dip stick.

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Jimmymac

I check it by just wiping the stick off and dipping it back in.. what would it take for the cooler to fill back up

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martinarcher

Fluid level should be check when the boat is warm....aka after running the tranny and sitting level in the water.  

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Jimmymac

I found the problem the linkage was off by about an inch.. I really appreciate everyone's help

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electricjohn

good to hear!

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