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Old 01 July 2013, 17:05   #1
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Honda 50hp Stiff Steering

Looking for a little help with a '99 Honda 50hp 4 stroke long shaft.

Dad's bought the above engine on a boat in Spain but the engine steering appears to be seized solid. He has disconnected the steering but he still cant move the engine. The boat has sat for about 18 months without use.

Any ideas ?I will fly out next week and would like to get a head start.

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Old 02 July 2013, 14:25   #2
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All engines have lube nipples on upper or lower swivel bracket, if lube is dried, engine won't turn freely, re lube well with grease pistol swivel bracket lube points untill grease exits through lower and upper steering shaft's bushings.

Also check if engine has a swivel bracket controller (usually a bolt) probably is adjusted very tight, release tightness accordingly untill a slight load is achieved when turning engine sideways.

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Old 02 July 2013, 15:47   #3
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Steering cables fail often, as they are designed to do so you have to buy another. I like to put a zerk fitting onto the cable end so the cable itself can be lubricated, but it does take some finesse not to damage the cable.
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Steering cables fail often, as they are designed to do so you have to buy another. I like to put a zerk fitting onto the cable end so the cable itself can be lubricated, but it does take some finesse not to damage the cable.
Apparently the steering cable has been released from engine, if so, It's just a swivel bracket out of lube or excessive swivel load that's seizing the engine.

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Not sure how you would go about freeing it, on a steering cable you just poor over hot water near the large nut on the outboard, however I'm not so sure that would be successful on the main steering pivot.

If the grease has got dry you need to get it soft again and then pump in new grease, but the question is how?

Heat gun or hairdryer??? But i guess you would try to pump in new grease first just incase that works?
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Old 03 July 2013, 01:22   #6
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Apparently the steering cable has been released from engine, if so, It's just a swivel bracket out of lube or excessive swivel load that's seizing the engine.

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Doh! My reading comprehension was down today.

My recommendation would be to push as much grease as possible into the zerks, and see if it can be loosened up. If still stiff, then disassemble the engine pivot bracket.
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Old 03 July 2013, 03:18   #7
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Lightly Heat the steering bracket , then pump some grease in the .grease will melt acting as lube .
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Where's a Honda expert when you need him? Oh! I forgot, he only advises on Etec problems
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Is there only one? i know they are not that popular but one expert??
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Go steady with the heat because some have a fibreglass or nylon shim at the bottom !
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