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Old 27 April 2013, 14:04   #11
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Tried that too, rotates OK, just wont budge in or out. arm has copper grease on it from last year.
Sounds like it may be something else holding it. Sure the helm turns ok?
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Old 27 April 2013, 14:17   #12
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arm has copper grease on it from last year.
That might just be the problem. I thought copper grease was a no-no for most marine applications?
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That might just be the problem. I thought copper grease was a no-no for most marine applications?
It is. It accelerates electrolytic corrosion.
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accelerates electrolytic corrosion.
Yeah, I knew that....

...I just couldn't spell it
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Old 27 April 2013, 15:34   #15
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YAm Man your mailbox is full.

Ill post photos shortly, and as its the 3rd time this has happened, i think the tube has seen better days.
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Try Mark Towersey he can be contacted through Blackdog marine, or he used to be a couple of years ago.
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thanks for the suggestions, Yam Man is going to pop round and take a peek.
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Well Yam man came round as promised and offered some wisdom and what would be needed to replace the tube.

1st step was to see if I could get the cable out or i'd need to cut it.
So with thinking that either it would come out, or I would need to replace it, i got out the old faith tools, of heat and Mallet.

Within 45 mins I had the cable 80% out, cant get it further without removing the A frame. I had a look inside, and it was a mess with lots of corrosion. Thinking i had nothing to loose as i was looking at a new tube anyway i took a drill slightly undersized and ran it in and out on very low speed along with some wd40. loads of crud came out, and low and behold the cable went back in easily. I then greased the cable and reinserted and now I have working steering.
I think i am missing a (nylon?) cover nut for the end of the tube opposite to where it comes in, and will probably need a new tube in a season or so but at least I can get out on the water now.

Thanks again to Yam Man for the pointers.
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Having had a cable snap on me a mile or so out of Salcombe last year I would look in to replacing it as it may have been weakened! I ended replacing mine with hydronic as it meant I did not have to remove the engine as there was not enough room to get the new cable in (had to cut the old one out!)
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Well Yam man came round as promised and offered some wisdom and what would be needed to replace the tube.

1st step was to see if I could get the cable out or i'd need to cut it.
So with thinking that either it would come out, or I would need to replace it, i got out the old faith tools, of heat and Mallet.

Within 45 mins I had the cable 80% out, cant get it further without removing the A frame. I had a look inside, and it was a mess with lots of corrosion. Thinking i had nothing to loose as i was looking at a new tube anyway i took a drill slightly undersized and ran it in and out on very low speed along with some wd40. loads of crud came out, and low and behold the cable went back in easily. I then greased the cable and reinserted and now I have working steering.
I think i am missing a (nylon?) cover nut for the end of the tube opposite to where it comes in, and will probably need a new tube in a season or so but at least I can get out on the water now.

Thanks again to Yam Man for the pointers.
Just run a 16mm extended drill bit through the steering tube, that'll clear out any build up of rust that's gathered in there.

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