Could be worse I guess. I took the boat for another blast after regapping plugs trying to clean up transom. All of a sudden forward didnt want to come out of gear, had to yank hard, reverse was fine. I got scared, we had same problem with boatnuts drive ( right before it let loose !!! ) So I got home started with the simple test, pulled the shift cable off at the bracket on the motor,,,, still stiff !!! PHEW !!!! Anyone know where to get a good deal on shift cables? I would rather replace the whole assy, I dont know if it is the housing or the cable itself.