Mercury 9.9 kicker, tried to start in gear, now flywheel not being engaged

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  1. Tiki35

    Tiki35 Member

    Bonehead move.

    I have a 1998 Mercury 9.9HP 4 stroke kicker, tiller model, manual start. Ran perfect day before.

    Tried to pull start the motor, but of course it wouldn't pull because it was in gear.
    Now the cord just pulls out and retracts never engaging the flywheel.
    Take off the cowling, and there is a 2 inch metal dowel (not broken) laying on the bottom.
    Must be related. Can't see where it would go back in.

    Any help,


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