Originally Posted by Leaderscharter
I just changed out a seastar helm unit due to a leaking shaft seal, would do you a deal on the unit apparently seal replacement is a minor job. I left it with Tom in Clew Bay Boats if you want to check it out.
You changed a $500 helm pump because of a leaking $18 (retail) seal?
(Note: if you take the old seal to a hydraulic shop, they can probably fix you up with a replacement seal for a couple of bucks. I plan on doing this with the steering ram end caps when I get a chance.)
As an FYI, the seal is accessed by removing the steering wheel, and a plastic cover that sits around the shaft. Old seal is then accessible, use a pick to get it out, put the new one in, tamp it down a bit, and replace cover and wheel. Done.