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Old 19 April 2004, 11:55   #11
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If it is Seastar steering I know that you should use the fluid thier own oil as it is a different specification to regular hydraulic oil - I assume it is because of the type of seals they use? If in doubt RTFM!

Originally Posted by Zippy
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Old 19 April 2004, 12:09   #12
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I can recommend Pirtek too. Their service centres keep just about everything in stock (in small quantities) and have some very helpful staff.

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Old 20 April 2004, 02:31   #13
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Just been doing some hunting on why my hydraulic steering is notchy and pushes oil out of the steering resevoir.
The UK importers for Lecombe & Schmitt told me it was probbably air in the lines
Was told to remove the ram from the outdrive unit and get it above the helm unit to aid in bleeding also on these helm units (30 HB CAR pump 2200950) there should be an air gap of 15-20mm in the top of the resevoir when the ram is out to compensate for the fact I've got an unballanced ram.
So here's to Dextron II every where as I'm sure to make a mess!
Hope it helps
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Old 20 April 2004, 02:53   #14
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Jelly, never needed to raise it and not sure that is going to work. The only time big bubbles move is when the hydrualic oil is pumped through the lines. Suggest you just bleed it and it should be miles better.

Do note however that as the summer approaches the cylinder will heat up and the oil expand. A small amount will be lost at the weakest point normally the ram but we are talking a tea spoon full. Releasing the pressure on a hot day helps to stop this.


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