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Old    Mikeski (mikeski)      Join Date: Aug 2003       05-08-2010, 4:35 PM Reply   
A friend of mine has a 08 Malibu, there does not appear to be any way to rev the motor while in neutral? This is a drive-by-wire boat. There is a black button on the pivot of the throttle lever. I expected I could just push it in and it would rev up in neutral. The black button didn't move. Is his throttle button jammed or is there no way to rev a drive-by-wire Malibu in neutral?
Old    Sea Bass (seabass)      Join Date: Feb 2010       05-08-2010, 6:58 PM Reply   
sounds like it's jammed. That would be the button to put it into neutral
Old    CONSIGLIEREG8R (consigliereg8r)      Join Date: Aug 2009       05-08-2010, 7:04 PM Reply   
That is how it works on my SAN
Old    John M Hall (skyski1)      Join Date: Jan 2008       05-09-2010, 10:12 AM Reply   
The original 2008 drive by wire throttle had a neutral lock out button, but there was a recall on those throttles. The replacement throttle does not have a neutral lock out button at all. It sounds like your friend has the replacement. Sucks. File this one under it is what it is.
Old    Mikeski (mikeski)      Join Date: Aug 2003       05-10-2010, 5:47 PM Reply   
Wow, I can't believe Malibu blew that one that bad. No way to get more than 40 amps out of the charging system without the boat being in gear, that is a really poor. No way to rev the motor without being in gear for motor diagnostic purposes... There has got to be a workaround for this poor design.
Old    Nic Aldinger (nicvtx1994)      Join Date: Sep 2009       05-12-2010, 7:12 PM Reply   
you can disconnect it, a special way im an Australian dealer for malibu and we disconnect it for every 08 that comes in for a service. takes 5 seconds

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