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Old 28 April 2015, 04:22   #1
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Teleflex Safe-T helm

Quick one as the instruuctions don's mention this.....

Once you push the R- clip in to release the mechanism I assume you need to keep it pushed until you remove the cable? It seems to have stuck in, but not sure if that's the friction against the cable end or the design.




I have a "keyhols surgery" job to get this thing out, and the cable is not "firing straight" thus much friction in the joinr so I'm going to need both hands to pull wist using my other hand to push the pin in if not!

I could possibly get the helm out on the end of the cable and do all this iin openspace, but the wheel has seized to the f***ing shaft!

And only 3 nights left to get it all done......
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Old 28 April 2015, 09:16   #2
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I just did this - it took forever to figure out.

Turn the wheel hard over (for me I think it was left), push the pin, keep turning the wheel - you should only have to hold it down for a moment to get the collar released. Keep turning the wheel in the same direction to push the knobby wire all the way out.
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Old 28 April 2015, 17:57   #3
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cool, thanks.

I have been trying variations on this - but the geometry is such that I can't get to both simultaneously.....

Had the helm out, clamped between my knees as I pushed the pin with one hand and tried to turn the wheel with the other...... Half my problem may be gubbed teeth so it's not gripping too well.


I'll leave you to paint that picture in your head!

Given up for the night. Now consoling myself with a beer!
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R, is your issue enough pairs of hands? Could it be done on Friday night at Easdale?
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R, is your issue enough pairs of hands? Could it be done on Friday night at Easdale?
If all else fails, probably.


That does however knacker my idea of motoring down from Puffin / Dunstaffnage under the Atlantic bridge on Friday Afternoon tho'.......

I have been forming a plan on the way into work. I may be able to use a modified G-clamp with a sawn off big nail to hold the catch in...
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off to try the modified G- clamp.... Big hammers to move the other end to a point with teeth have failed......
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OK, Update and further Q (which I think I know the answer to, but thought I'd check....

So - the G- clamp idea worked a treat.
If you have a similar problem ,take 1 x 3" G- clamp, and one of those mid flanged pins from the flatpack furniture (if your boss doesn't notice one can be acquired temporarily from under a shelf in a kitchen cupboard! )

Any how, I hend the catch in with that, and then applied big hammer to the now seized engine end. this slowly but surely knocked the sheath free of the helm unit.

This is where It's all gone the way of the pear..... I then turned the wheel to get the inner bit out. The free end went in, but nothing came out the cable entry end. To the tune of about 2.5".

I think it's safe to assume I'm buying a new helm tomorrow....
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OK, Update and further Q (which I think I know the answer to, but thought I'd check....

So - the G- clamp idea worked a treat.
If you have a similar problem ,take 1 x 3" G- clamp, and one of those mid flanged pins from the flatpack furniture (if your boss doesn't notice one can be acquired temporarily from under a shelf in a kitchen cupboard! )

Any how, I hend the catch in with that, and then applied big hammer to the now seized engine end. this slowly but surely knocked the sheath free of the helm unit.

This is where It's all gone the way of the pear..... I then turned the wheel to get the inner bit out. The free end went in, but nothing came out the cable entry end. To the tune of about 2.5".

I think it's safe to assume I'm buying a new helm tomorrow....
Bite the bullet & go hydraulic
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TBH the thought had crossed my mind..... But as the local dealer has the Safe-T stuff in stock and I now have <48 hrs. (more like <4 hrs. actual available time) It's a replace job. I may go hydraulic when this one fails, but right now time is of the essence.....
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