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Old 23 July 2012, 03:43   #1
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Stiff Steering

The cable steering for my 60HP yammie has become very stiff over the winter. Cannot seem to find any way to lube it, anyone on here got any hints tips advice?
What type of lube should I use on the stainless steel piston that attaches to the engine moving in and out to control the direction of the boat?

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Old 23 July 2012, 05:05   #2
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In my experience it is the engine end that gets gummed up with lack of use - especially if it is going through the pivot-tube of the engine mount.

A clean, a polish and a lube of the engine-end might help. Use good quality marine grease. It might be worth taking the cable out and cleaning everything and giving it a bit of a lube - but not too much or you could end up with hydraulic lock.

There is a risk that stiff steering mangles the helm end of the system - either the gear gets worn away by the spiral 'worm' wound round the cable or the spiral spacing gets distorted and the cable ends up wedging between the gear and the case. Either way, there is a tendency to use more force, which only wears things more quickly.

I gave up with mounting steering through the pivot tube of the engine mount. They always seem to go rusty and cause lots of friction.

I am sure there is a theoretical 'right way' to steer the engine if it is going to sit for a while - either so that most of that stainless rod is inside the cable, or so most of it is outside and exposed: I wouldn't like to guess which!

If there is a grease nipple on the pivot tube it is worth bearing in mind that it only greases the outside of that tube - not the inside where the stainless rod is going through.
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Remove and run a 16mm extended drill through the tube. That will clear any rust, then it's a case of regular maintenance to keep it free, or regular use so in short - get out on your boat, what more excuse do you need

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Guys

Many thanks for taking the time to reply, Hugh your thinking is much the same as mine now that I have had time to look at the problem in detail. There is some very thick brown gunk along the stainless rod (piston, tube, whatever, not sure what its called but you get the idea) which I have cleaned off but one turn of the wheel lock to lock and its back again.

I will try and take it apart to night and see how it goes.

Once again thanks.

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Old 23 July 2012, 10:30   #5
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I tend to leave mine out, (hard Stbd Lock) for two reasons - 1) if the grease solidifies, it's on the outside where I can attack it with carb cleaner 2) It's easier to hit things with a big hammer than to pull them out of a small hole when it does sieze......

When towing I move it to hard port lock to keep the road drt off the grease film.

So far so good.....
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I tend to leave mine out, (hard Stbd Lock) for two reasons - 1) if the grease solidifies, it's on the outside where I can attack it with carb cleaner 2) It's easier to hit things with a big hammer than to pull them out of a small hole when it does sieze......

When towing I move it to hard port lock to keep the road drt off the grease film.

So far so good.....
Good ponits, never even considered these. Once I solve the initial problem I will do the same.

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I've just fitted one of these.
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I've just fitted one of these.
I've got one too!

Seemed a good cheap way to stop 'stuff'getting in there and I give it a quick spray of WD40 inside it after each trip to keep things sliding freely

6 years on and no problems at all .
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I've got one too!

Seemed a good cheap way to stop 'stuff'getting in there and I give it a quick spray of WD40 inside it after each trip to keep things sliding freely

6 years on and no problems at all .
Hugh/Peter Thanks for the idea I have one on order!!

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Nice idea - but he's sold out - I might have to use some universal steering rack gaiter instead!
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