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Old 10 January 2007, 18:31   #11
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One of the questions I asked when I pickup up my RIB with the new motor yesterday was how to best maintain the steering cable. It's fantastic right now, of course!

The answer from the tech was white lithium grease, applied monthly. Extend the steering cable all the way out, remove the gland where the steering cable rod exits the tilt tube, WIPE THOUROUGHLY, relube with the white lithium and reinstall the gland. He said failure to properly clean the rod was the most common fault.

I asked a lot of questions!
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Old 11 January 2007, 06:50   #12
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One of the questions I asked when I pickup up my RIB with the new motor yesterday was how to best maintain the steering cable. It's fantastic right now, of course!

The answer from the tech was white lithium grease, applied monthly. Extend the steering cable all the way out, remove the gland where the steering cable rod exits the tilt tube, WIPE THOUROUGHLY, relube with the white lithium and reinstall the gland. He said failure to properly clean the rod was the most common fault.

I asked a lot of questions!
Excellent. I'm sure mine was just gunged up with dried grease. I'll add that to the list of regular checks. Have fun with the new boat when you can. Hail and violent storm 11 right outside the door just now, waves breaking across the road. Bit wild for ribbin'.

Tony.
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Old 11 January 2007, 10:51   #13
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When I derigged the old engine I cleaned the cable pretty thoroughly. I'm sure the tech cleaned it again before he lubed it up and installed it. Plus the fact that the steering yoke on the old motor was all gunked up with tired old grease, no matter how much new grease I pumped in, with a heat gun applied to the outside, motor propped up by the skeg, I couldn't get fresh grease all the way through, so the motor itself was stiff to turn.

Last winter I lubed, but didn't go turn the wheel at all, so in the spring it was frozen up. Just going an giving the wheel a spin back and forth every couple of weeks makes a big difference too.
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Old 11 January 2007, 11:21   #14
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Last winter I lubed, but didn't go turn the wheel at all, so in the spring it was frozen up. Just going an giving the wheel a spin back and forth every couple of weeks makes a big difference too.
Yes, I think it's lack of use as much as anything. Clean out, new lube and giving it a wiggle regularly is probably the best way.
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Old 11 January 2007, 14:03   #15
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Excellent. I'm sure mine was just gunged up with dried grease. I'll add that to the list of regular checks. Have fun with the new boat when you can. Hail and violent storm 11 right outside the door just now, waves breaking across the road. Bit wild for ribbin'.

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Don't be a wimp. How often can you drive your rib on the public highway
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Old 12 January 2007, 07:34   #16
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Don't be a wimp. How often can you drive your rib on the public highway
:-D :-) About three times a year usually. Trouble is, cars get there first (it happens at the 'rush hour') and it's only a single track road. The record is two actually floating at the same time - a VW Polo and a mid sized Mercedes. The drivers, together with several sensible people who'd stopped when they saw the surf, watched from my sitting room window as their cars were washed against the edge of my lawn. I gave them all cups of tea. When the tide went out a bit, both cars were well and truly in the ditch. :-) The Polo was dry inside. I think the Mecedes owner was a bit fed up.
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