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Old 01 April 2009, 04:38   #1
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Blocked steering axle

Didnīt use my rib (5.6 mtr) for several months and have blocked steeridge now. When disconnected cable from axle, cable worked fine so it must be a blocked axle problem. Connected cable again and tried to forced-turn the steeringwheel but no luck. Anybody who can help me out with knowhow to get my steeridge working again?

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Old 01 April 2009, 04:45   #2
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I think it would be far easier to buy a new steering hub.

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Old 01 April 2009, 05:14   #3
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if its the steering rod at the engine that is stuck dont force it with the steering wheel as you will wreck the steering wheel end of the gear. Its a common problem. If you can disconnect it get hold of the exposed end of the steering rod at the engine with a good set of mole grips and twist it to free it from the rust and stuff thats holding it inside the tube.
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Old 02 April 2009, 10:59   #4
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Can you feel play in the motor when moving it back and forth? You should be able to move it a slight bit (play between the motor and the steering ram.)

I've seen several motors freeze steering when the neglected grease in the pivots (the upright frame that holds the bearings that the motor pivots around) solidified. Solution to that is to heat (gently) the pivot areas to soften the grease, then force the old stuff out with new.

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