How to Repair Your 1985 OMC 800 Stringer Sterndrive
If you own a boat with a 1985 OMC 800 Stringer Sterndrive, you may need to perform some maintenance or repairs on it from time to time. The OMC 800 Stringer Sterndrive is a hydraulic shift model that was produced from 1978 to 1985. It has a sliding clutch dog in the lower unit that engages and locks into forward or reverse gears. This clutch is manually operated by a shift cable that has two inner cores for forward and reverse.
In this article, we will show you how to find a reliable service manual for your 1985 OMC 800 Stringer Sterndrive, and how to use it to troubleshoot and fix some common problems. We will also provide some tips and resources for maintaining your sterndrive and keeping it in good condition.
Where to Find a Service Manual for Your 1985 OMC 800 Stringer Sterndrive
A service manual is an essential tool for any boat owner who wants to repair or maintain their sterndrive. A service manual contains detailed instructions, diagrams, specifications, and troubleshooting guides for various components and systems of your sterndrive. It can help you diagnose problems, identify parts, and perform repairs safely and correctly.
There are several sources where you can find a service manual for your 1985 OMC 800 Stringer Sterndrive. One of them is WatercraftManuals.Com[^1^], a website that offers PDF downloads of OMC Inboard & SternDrive Service Manuals. You can choose from different manuals depending on your model and year of sterndrive. For example, you can download the Seloc manual #3400 OMC 64-86 Repair Manual[^1^], which covers the OMC 800 Series Outdrive âmechanical shiftâ1982-1985. This manual has 574 pages of information and costs $19.98.
Another source is iboats Boating Forums[^2^], a online community where you can find boating advice, tips, and resources. In one of the threads, a user named KRH1326 shared three PDF files of OMC Sterndrive manuals that he received from an old salt. One of them is the Seloc manual #3404 OMC 86-98 Repair Manual[^2^], which also covers the OMC 800 Series Outdrive âmechanical shiftâ1982-1985. This manual has 616 pages of information and is free to download.
Before you download any service manual, make sure it is compatible with your sterndrive model and year. You can check your sterndrive serial number and model identification on the transom bracket or on the upper gear housing. You can also use online reference sources such as OMC Stern Drive Parts Diagrams[^1^] or OMC Outdrive Model Identification[^1^] to find out more about your sterndrive.
How to Use a Service Manual to Repair Your 1985 OMC 800 Stringer Sterndrive
Once you have downloaded a service manual for your 1985 OMC 800 Stringer Sterndrive, you can use it to perform various repairs and maintenance tasks on your sterndrive. Here are some steps to follow:
Read the service manual carefully and understand the safety precautions, warnings, and instructions before you start any work on your sterndrive.
Locate the problem area or system that you want to repair or maintain on your sterndrive. Use the table of contents, index, or troubleshooting guide in the service manual to find the relevant section.
Follow the step-by-step procedures, illustrations, and specifications in the service manual to perform the repair or maintenance task. Use the proper tools, equipment, and parts as recommended by the service manual.
Check your work and make sure everything is functioning properly after you finish the repair or maintenance task. Test your sterndrive on the water if possible.
Keep your service manual handy for future reference and updates.