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Old 27 April 2013, 13:25   #1
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My trailer is in need of some work and Trailer Guy (Ben) is going to take a look at it for me.
However my steering is locked up solid, i've Soaked it in wd40 et al, and "nudged" it with impact adjustment tool, but to no avail (removed the draw arm and the locking nut on the cable first).

I don't want to knacker the cable again.... and suspect the steering tube on the engine (Yam 90 2/) to be at fault, possibly too corroded internally (3rd time in 3 years its seize 2 new cables).

Does anyone know of a mobile mechanic in the Southampton area?
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Old 27 April 2013, 13:43   #2
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just get new steering 118 on ebay easy to do
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Old 27 April 2013, 13:52   #3
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Have you tried a bit of heat?
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buying a new cable wont fix the issue i cant get the (less than 12 month old) cable out, and the fact that 2 have seized in the last 2 years says there is more of an underlying issue.
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Have you tried a bit of heat?
no, heat, glass fiber, and grease/oil scares me
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Old 27 April 2013, 13:58   #6
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I have always found that removing the link arm from the end of the "piston", and then putting a really big screwdriver through the whole and using that as a lever to rotate the 'piston' freed it up. Afterwards remove, clean, re-grease everything, promise you will clean and regrease when winterising, forget to do it and repeat next season...
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no, heat, glass fiber, and grease/oil scares me
Got a pic of the offending item?
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so do you need new tube then ? have see some pics
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Old 27 April 2013, 14:02   #9
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I have always found that removing the link arm from the end of the "piston", and then putting a really big screwdriver through the whole and using that as a lever to rotate the 'piston' freed it up. Afterwards remove, clean, re-grease everything, promise you will clean and regrease when winterising, forget to do it and repeat next season...
Tried that too, rotates OK, just wont budge in or out. arm has copper grease on it from last year.
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The steering rod on the engine on my TomKat locked up a few years ago, after being left unused for a while. Think I ended up using heat and a large hammer to get it out.

I now make sure even if the boat doesn't go anyway I move the steering and gear/throttle systems every month or so in the garage, and where possible strip apart and grease very so often.
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