Tohatsu 90 on the move
Gradually over the last couple of months the clearance between the front of the engine and the hydraulic steering ram has diminished to the point that the metal bar connecting the ram to the engine hardpoint now fouls the engine when it is turned in one direction. The odd thing is that when the boat is in the water and engine running, this clearance is restored. It is only a problem with the boat out of the water. The 'movement' does not appear to be related to the tilt setting.
Can anyone comment on what could cause this? The engine bolts are secure and the hydraulic steering mechanism is securely attached to the engine bracket and is not distorted.
My thoughts are that an engine to bracket mounting may be loose in some way, though I have checked the lower ones on the leg and they are tight. I don't know where the upper ones are.
Any help would be appreciated.