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Reply with quote  #16 
Thanks for the advice, tightened the STB tilt tube nut as much as I could, only got about a 1/4 turn out of it but it was enough to stop the noise. Raised in up and down about 5 times since tightened and no noise. You wouldn't think such a small adjustment would make a difference but apparently it did the trick.
Limshady: if you haven't done this already, you might want to give it a try.
Thanks Again

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Reply with quote  #17 
Will do so when I get a chance. I sprayed it again a couple weeks ago and has been quiet last 2x I went out.
The Reel Limshady 

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Reply with quote  #18 
In researching this it appears the problem is not lubrication but actually lack of friction so spraying it to much could make it worse. Tightening the starboard tilt tube nut increases friction at the pivot point and stops the engine from dropping down too quickly for the tilt rod to keep up with it. That's why it only happens at a certain time when tilting down and not up, and also why the noise stops as soon as you enter the trim phase. You can test this by putting some upward pressure on the engine as it is lowered to slow its decent. Push up on the skeg if out of the water or pull up on the engine cover as it is being lowered. If the noise goes away when you do this it will isolate the issue. Just be careful not to pull up too hard on the engine cover as it is only plastic and could crack. The nut is bit tricky to grab especially if you have hydraulic steering but you only need about 1/6 to 1/4 of a turn to make a difference.
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