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Old 17 May 2013, 05:20   #11
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Old 17 May 2013, 07:08   #12
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Old 19 May 2013, 05:50   #13
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When the lines from pump to motor are not straight, but with highs and lows - like snake - it is impossible to bleed the air out.

My solution is to bleed them out of the boat :
- it needs good stoppers to close the lines before they are attached to the jack, this is a must

- fill the lines from the top level (pump not attached) with both jack ends into a transparent bottle (coke) to check
- close the motor side ends when lines are full
- attach to pump and fill the pump which must stay in charge
- open motor side ends and rotate wheel clockwise while checking for no bubbles
- when no bubbles, rotate counter clkwise until ...
- now there is no more air into pump and lines, and you can install the lines on the boat after they are safely closed.

Get the jack in hands - not attached to engine ...
- push the jack fully in one direction in order to get one chamber at zero volume. Attach the right line, then rotate the wheel to fill this chamber to maximum
- Attach the other line and rotate ...

Now - and only now - you can attach the jack to the motor ! Why not before ?
Because if the available jack travel is more than the motor end travel, it is impossible to remove the air trapped into the chambers.

Now there is no more air staying into the whole circuit - say a minimum !
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Old 19 May 2013, 15:34   #14
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Fitted new seastar kit today 45 mins start to finish

It bled with ease as has every other installation I have done in the past, I beleive I had an air leak on the threaded inserts,
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Old 07 June 2013, 01:49   #15
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Morning peeps,

I want to bleed my seaster hydraulic steering and have just looked at the manual. Do I need a proper bleed kit (i.e. the screw and tube that connects to the helm pump) or do I just ensure that the fluid is always full to the brim at the helm pump?

If I need the proper bleed kit is it the same as the quiksilver gear leg kit?

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Old 07 June 2013, 13:32   #16
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Bump to put this to the top as I need some help please
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No it's not the same kit.

I did mine by lashing up a reservoir on the top with a turkey baster. It takes 2 people to do it like that though as one has to hold the lashup upright while the other stays down by the ram.
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Thanks Matt had a similar idea planner just didn't know whether or not the reservoir in the helm was big enough to maintain fluid without an air gap

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You can do it with just what's in the helm, it takes a lot of topping up though.

The turkey baster idea was a bit messy.

Tip. Don't use plasticine or blu-tack to seal the reservoir in.I tried it and found that the oil slowly dissolves it.
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I have used a small end funnel and plasticine before, But so much easier if you have athe pipe
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