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Old 09 August 2006, 04:31   #1
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Teleflex wear?

My steering has a bit of play in it, was wondering if anyone can tell me what to look for in terms of exessive wear?

5 m RIB , Teleflex NFB 4.2 turns? to a 65 hp PTT Suzuki.



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Old 09 August 2006, 07:57   #2
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Both the helm unit itself (gears & nylon bearings) and the cable itself suffer from wear.
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was asking this myself the other day . My boat has less than 100 hrs on it but there is play . It seemed the same as all the other boats I tried inc the ones with hydraulic steering .
If it was a car it would not be acceptable , but doesn't seen to effect the boat .
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Any single cable steering setup will have some play at the motor, increasing as the components wear.

Either dual cable or hydraulic is required to have none (or nearly none)
A correctly setup hydraulic system should have none - but the mounting brackets on the motor end do seem to wear a bit and let a small amount of play in.
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Old 09 August 2006, 14:39   #5
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was asking this myself the other day . My boat has less than 100 hrs on it but there is play
How much play?

I seem to have to turn the wheel 3 times or so to get a turn, so much that it's almost impossible to do a turn then straighten up quickly.
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How much play?

I seem to have to turn the wheel 3 times or so to get a turn, so much that it's almost impossible to do a turn then straighten up quickly.
Oh that is a lot doesn't sound safe to me iam talking maybe 5 degrees of play not much at all but enough to annoy somoene like me who has to have things mechanically perfect.
Best get that checked out
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Oh that is a lot doesn't sound safe to me
It's ok going in straight lines!
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It's ok going in straight lines!
so the motor is trimmed ok then
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Mine at 300 hours probably has about 15-20 degrees of free play in the wheel rotation before the engine starts to move. It annoyed the hell out of me when I first got it but I am getting used to it - I still think I might go hydraulic and get rid of the play altogether, but I've got more important jobs to spend on first. I did wonder if a new set of cables would cure it but I suspect not...

I don't know much about it but 3 turns of play sounds like a major problem and possibly quite dangerous!

The problem I do have on mine is that when under power it is very easy to turn the wheel away from centre but very hard to straighten out again without really heaving on the wheel, or backing off the throttle quite a lot. Is this normal? It did improve noticeable after I thoroughly lubricated the main bit the motor swivels on (sorry not sure what it is called!), I think regular lubrication may have been neglected by the previous owner.
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Old 10 August 2006, 03:05   #10
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Mine is 15-20 deg of play also, it just won't come out of tight turns too without letting well off the thottle.

Sounds like this is normal on an older boat.

Anyone know what the 4.2 turns means on a NFB helm?
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