Originally Posted by Mbryant
In need of advice:
Took the RIB out today and noticed a little leak of hydraulic fluid during my travels. As I was returning to Portsmouth harbour the steering was getting worse and worse until i could do almost a full wheel rotation with no engine movement.
So my question is:
Is the steering going to need to be bleed, if so can anyone advice someone who can do it in the Portsmouth area.
Thanks in advance!!
That's a leak. Air in the lines will cause sluggish, jerky, or sloppy steering; no fluid causes no steering.
Of course, it goes without saying that with the level down, you've pumped air into the lines, so it *will* have to be bled, but only after you've repaired the leak, and refilled the fluid reservoir (I suppose you could get by with just topping it up every so often so as not to let the level drop far enough to suck air, but that's not really a "solution"...)
FWIW, I've found that the hose connections on mine are prone to leaking if they're not cranked down *very* tight.