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Shift Override Button on 2017 200 Ski Nautique

BS74BS74 Posts: 52 Baller
The neutral button does not work, anyone have this problem. When the button is pushed in and held it will not release the throttle., it stays in gear. If so, is it a mechanical or electrical issue.
Can I fix it or does it need to go to the dealer? Thanks


  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 3,249 Mega Baller
    Electrical and yes should go to dealer.
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • BS74BS74 Posts: 52 Baller
    Does the whole shift controller have to be changed or is it just an electrical switch. CC orlando is telling me $700. They are checking now to see if it is under warranty.
  • skierjpskierjp Posts: 975 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I never had a reason to ever use the button.
  • skiinxsskiinxs Posts: 634 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Quick question, you said "stays in gear" . Are you pressing the button after it is already in gear? It will not take it out of gear, should only give you the ability to keep it in neutral while you rev up the engine with the throttle handle, starting in the Neutral position. The only time I ever use it is to rev up the engine a little with Diacom plugged in while sitting at the dock. I can't think of any other use for it.
  • BS74BS74 Posts: 52 Baller
    skiinxs: when you push in the neutral button you should be able to rev up the engine and it should not go in gear. When I push and hold in the button and move the shift lever it goes into gear( forward or back) depending which way you move the shift lever. Talked to correct craft and it's a very expensive fix! Not sure I really need it!
  • JmoskiJmoski Posts: 378 Solid Baller
    I use the neutral button to rev up the engine while warming it up in the driveway off a fake-a-lake setup as part of Spring launch prep and Fall winterization.

    Can’t rev it too long though as it pulls the water from the bucket faster than the hose can fill it.
  • RednucleusRednucleus Posts: 592 Crazy Baller
    We use the neutral button to increase revs to get nice hot water to the cooler on the dock. Need to thaw those fingers & toes between sets. Next to the heated seat, that's the most important part of the boat!
  • MBlohmMBlohm Posts: 13 Baller
    We have the same problem on our club boat 2016. I know several other boats in Sweden with same problem. Don’t think anyone have fixed it. So seems like a common problem. And as you wrote the switch is very expensive.
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 3,249 Mega Baller
    They can't be to expensive if the button is the problem.
    This probably work.
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • Jtim3032Jtim3032 Posts: 75 Baller
    This is a common problem. It is nearly always one of the microswitches in the switchgear unit behind the throttle arm and not the external push switch. More commonly, the symptom of one of the switches failing is the gearbox refusing to go into forward or reverse, depending on which switch has failed. Livorsi, who manufacture these for most of the boat manufacturers say the parts are "military grade". I fear therefore for the military :wink:

    I did successfully take one apart from our Nautique last year. However, the microswitches are all embedded in epoxy (presumably to give protection against the elements) which is NOT easy to remove without considerable time and care and a micro grinder. It is possible though and I was able to source direct replacements for the 4 microswitches for about $40. Once all assembled, it worked fine again.

    Given the cost of new replacements, I think a business opportunity is presenting itself :smiley:
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 3,249 Mega Baller
    The electro magnet system on the selector valve assembly is pretty cool..
    My question is do we need all this fail in a otherwise simple push pull application?
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • dbutcherdbutcher Posts: 464 Crazy Baller
    Can the old style push/pull button be installed on current shifters? Or replace the current shifters? I don't recall ever hearing of a failure of the old style neutral button.
  • BS74BS74 Posts: 52 Baller
    It's a $250 part but not a simple task to get to it.
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