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Old 01 May 2017, 04:43   #1
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Steering advice - Technical Issue

*Technical issue* even!!!

Wonder if anyone can help..

Took my rib out for the first time yesterday and had steering issues. 4.9m Lifeguard Equipment Ltd 1996 (Tornado) with 60hp 2 stroke Mercury.

When I bought it a week or so ago steering was tested and was smooth and faultless. On the water yesterday the steering was excessively heavy and at times felt like it "locked out" with an inability (or severe issues) to manoeuvre at slow speed.

Need less to say I then decided to put it back on the trailer and that was also a mission with limited steerage!!

Being new to boat ownership can anyone give any advice on where to start looking for a fault finding mission?

Anyone in Kent recommended perhaps to take a look??

Cheers

Ian
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Old 01 May 2017, 04:46   #2
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Need to know if it's cable or hydraulic? Pictures would help
Maybe disconnecting the link arm to the engine would be a good start point to rule out issues with the engine itself which is unlikely as it's usually the steering mech itself
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Old 01 May 2017, 05:57   #3
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It's a hydraulic system to my knowledge, but then I am new to this!!

Looks quite worn and corroded to be fair... and I have no idea on where I could top up any fluid??? It appears to be a mechanical unit so I'm guessing the fluid would be self contained? Any suggestions?
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That's cable steering
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Old 01 May 2017, 07:24   #5
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That shows you how much I know then!!
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Old 01 May 2017, 07:24   #6
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That cable looks like its kinked to me..?

Maybe the source of your problem
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Easiest option is complete helm and cable kit around £100 then your fully sorted
You can buy separate but pointless for a safety related item
Cable is fine for 60hp so not worth the expense and hassle of hydraulic
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That sounds like a fair and sensible suggestion... any recommendations on where to get one??
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Asap, Bainbridge , aqua fax most online chandlers will do steering and cable kits
Measure cable length from nut to nut if it's not marked on the cable
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The cable will have a code normally printed in white at either the engine or back of the steering end ( or close to the end ) you will need those numbers if you plan to do it yourself.
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