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Old 17 April 2007, 07:39   #1
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Seized Outboard Steering

Good weather and broken boats, can anyone please advise.
We have two club boats, Avon 4m seariders. One is fitted with a Mercury, 2 cylinder 2 stroke 50, whilst the other is fitted with a Mariner, 3 cylinder, 2 stroke 50.
Question is.
Both outboards have seized on their steering, but through the outboard colum (transom end). These have been regular greased and the tube / column has plenty of grease in it. managed to free one off by heating the column up and melting the grease out. New grease was pumped in and the engine was free to rotate. Unfortunately, the next day, it was stiff again and seized a week later.
Has anybody else had similar difficulties ore more importantly cheap effective cures. Currently we have been quoted 1,200.00 for a repair (with no guarrantee that the fault won't return)
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Old 17 April 2007, 08:25   #2
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How much who the feck quoted you that? a complete new kit should be about 100 and its a DIY fit, although you might need some big hammers to get the old one out of the engine stering tube and the engine may need to be unbolted if the cable can't bend enough due to A frames etc. The cables are good for about 5 years then they just sieze normally over a winter and thats it, time for a new one.

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Old 17 April 2007, 08:28   #3
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I suggest you and me go and sort it out for them at half price ie 600

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Old 17 April 2007, 08:30   #4
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Must be cash only though

Has Dan Cooper moved to Dorset from Norfolk by chance Nah perhaps not, still a bit cheap for one of his deals

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Old 17 April 2007, 09:01   #5
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I've just run up a quote - and for 1200, I'd come down and fit brand new hydraulic steering to both boats! You're being overcharged...

As Pete and Nasher says, buy new cables and fit them yourselves. If you'd rather get an outside contractor in to guarantee their work, I'd be happy to give you a quote to refit cable steering. Just drop me an e-mail on james@daviescoaching.co.uk or call us on 023 929 88847.
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One of these, once it's fixed, may stop the problem occuring again.

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Old 17 April 2007, 10:26   #7
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yorr orl nobbends

i fink de sines inn yorr iyes arr clowdin yorr jujmint a bitt (a lott)

ifn yew reed de fkin powst propirly itts sownds lyke itts gott fuk orl too doo wiv de steerin

itt cud bee de bastud swivil toob dats seezed nott de tillt toob an dats a powir hed orf jobb too repare itt rite an de parrts aynt cheep cuz barruss arr robbin bastuds

sow ifn i woz weydiger i wud aksept peet6 an nashirs an jumbos kynd ofer too doo de too enjins forr 600 kwid

av a nise tyme in waymowf ladds

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i fink de sines inn yorr iyes arr clowdin yorr jujmint a bitt (a lott)

ifn yew reed de fkin powst propirly itts sownds lyke itts gott fuk orl too doo wiv de steerin

itt cud bee de bastud swivil toob dats seezed nott de tillt toob an dats a powir hed orf jobb too repare itt rite an de parrts aynt cheep cuz barruss arr robbin bastuds

sow ifn i woz weydiger i wud aksept peet6 an nashirs an jumbos kynd ofer too doo de too enjins forr 600 kwid

av a nise tyme in waymowf ladds

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Waydagger - you may not yet be familiar with Garf's special way with words - what he is saying is: there is an easy and cheap part to repair (as per other posts) and there is a much harder and more expensive bit.
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Daft question, but then they are only daft if you didn't check them retrospectively.
Have you disconnected the linkage from the steering cable to the engine?
If you have and the steering cable moves freely its not that but the steering on the engine itself. If the engine moves freely then thank your lucky stars as replacing the cable is alot easier!
Make sure you have the correct cable length, the idea is to have the smoothest bends in them as they will move more freely than one with lots of bends each giving more friction.
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Old 17 April 2007, 16:55   #10
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If it's the steering yoke that has jammed and not the steering cable, then:

1. Remove the engine.

2. Turn upside down.

3. Heat on the yoke.

4. Loads of WD40 and regrease.

My thread dated 11/7/06 'Mercury 50 problem' may help.

Good luck.
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