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Old 19 November 2006, 08:22   #1
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seized teleflex steering

Hi all, despite spraying copies quantities of wd40 in the tilt tube & shouting & swearing ,I am unable to get the end rod of the teleflex steering in or out of the tilt tube.I am a bit loathe to put a metal rod in the tube to use like a centre punch to belt this so it pushes the rod out, in case i close up the hole on the end or flatten the end wedging it in the tube.Apart from taking the tube out, can anyone recommend how to free up the rod of the steering.
Hope this makes sense.
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Old 19 November 2006, 08:32   #2
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by tilt tube do you mean the tube through the outboard clamp?

I cleared mine by sticking a long piece of threaded bar through it and using it like a file then blasting the crap out with carb cleaner. It takes very little crap to cause a problem.
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Old 19 November 2006, 08:46   #3
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Yes thats right, the tube which goes through the outboard bracket.
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Can you turn the steering wheel?

Will the securing nut on the tilt tube come undone?
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What's probably happened is the tilt tube has rusted when the end bar of the steering cable is poking out the other end. As you're retracting the steering cable, the end rod is pulling all the rust through with it. Try undoing the big nut which secures the steering cable to the tilt tube and turn the steering wheel to release the outer cable. you should then be able to clear the tube with an airline and spray some releasing fluid into the tilt tube, alongside the inner cable. Reconnect the big nut and try operating the steering. When you reach the end of its travel, due to rust blockage, give the end of the steering rod a knock with a long blunt-ended punch through the tilt tube. Try moving the steering wheel a bit more, give it another tap, etc. until it comes free. Don't worry about giving it a bit of a touch - the end of the rod shouldn't burr over, as it's tight in the tube.

Needless to say, when re-assembling, use plenty of grease - a search on this forum should tell you which type
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Have you tried turning the wheel will someone puts a little force on the outboard. ie pushes it in the same direction. This worked with my one, could turn the engine when the wheel wouldn't budge it.
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Engine Was Disconnected From The Rod With A Hole In It.i Then Hit This With The Hammer To Push The Rod Further Into The Tube.now I Cant Get The Rod Eith In Or Out.
Its Not Possible To Re Connect The Engine & Try To Turn The Engine By Force As The Hole On The End Of The Rod Is Now In The Tube, So The Only Way For It To Go Is Toward The Steering Cable Nut Which Has Been Undone.locking Nuts Are Also Undone & Tilt Tube Is Partially Out In The Direction Of The Steering Nut.

Confused!!!!
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In Reply To Nos4r2's Question.i Was Unable To Turn The Steering.now I Have Undone The Steering Nut I Can Turn The Steering But The Inner Rod Moves In & Out Of The Tilt Tube When I Do.the Outer Sleeve Which Has The Hole In The End For Connecting To The Engine Steering Bracket Remains Unmoving Inside The Tube.
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John, don't mess about because now you have nothing to loose (the cable is probably toast now away). Take the whole tube out the engine and get some serious heat on it in a vice and using a drift give it a smack with something heavy. If it damages the mounting tube don't worry, A Yam one was 50 last time I bought one. Your local tractor place might have a press which could be an option.

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