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Old 01 August 2012, 12:30   #11
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In my comp boat I went thru a steering cable and replaced the Teleflex with a much higher quality Morse. It to got jacked up when someone turned off my bilge pump and water was able to enter the cable. I found this out after towing it to the lake, so it sat on the trailer all weekend. Upon returning home, I removed the completely frozen cable poured ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) utilizing a bag into it. Beat on it lightly with a hammer in my vise and got it slightly moving again. Then at the rudder end I drilled gently into the aluminum housing, thru the cable housing and finished the hole off very carefully with a die grinder so as not to even nick the cable itself. Then I put a Zerk fitting in, and started pumping grease into the cable. Worked the now very free cable back and forth occasionally adding more grease. After putting it back into the boat it never failed me again and when down servicing the rudder, I just added more grease to the steering cable at the same time.

All steering cables should have a Zerk fitting, but then they would never get to sell more cables.
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Old 01 August 2012, 15:04   #12
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In my comp boat I went thru a steering cable and replaced the Teleflex with a much higher quality Morse. It to got jacked up when someone turned off my bilge pump and water was able to enter the cable. I found this out after towing it to the lake, so it sat on the trailer all weekend. Upon returning home, I removed the completely frozen cable poured ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) utilizing a bag into it. Beat on it lightly with a hammer in my vise and got it slightly moving again. Then at the rudder end I drilled gently into the aluminum housing, thru the cable housing and finished the hole off very carefully with a die grinder so as not to even nick the cable itself. Then I put a Zerk fitting in, and started pumping grease into the cable. Worked the now very free cable back and forth occasionally adding more grease. After putting it back into the boat it never failed me again and when down servicing the rudder, I just added more grease to the steering cable at the same time.

All steering cables should have a Zerk fitting, but then they would never get to sell more cables.
OK so someone is going to have to ask, what is a Zerk Fitting??
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Old 01 August 2012, 15:18   #13
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OK so someone is going to have to ask, what is a Zerk Fitting??

Same as a grease fitting here in the states.
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Old 01 August 2012, 15:32   #14
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Same as a grease fitting here in the states.
Thanks, looks complicated, I will have to have a serious think about that!!
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Old 01 August 2012, 15:50   #15
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Same as a grease fitting here in the states.
Over here it would be referred to as a "nipple".

Just one engineering/technical term that releases waves of inner mirth that cannot be released in a serious engineering situation (despite everyone wanting to giggle).

Other such terms include:
"flange"
"bogey"
"annulus"
"shaft"
"gland" and
"nut"

(to mention just a few)
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I had this cable problem after last winter layup, could hardly move the thing, I try'd different ways to get different light oils down the cable with no luck. Then fitted a length of heater hose to the end of the cable with a jubilee clip, and filled the hose with duck oil, fitted an air line connection to the end of the hose again with a j,clip. I then fed it with low pressure air and eventually forced the oil through the cable making it totally free and no probs since.
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