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Old 20 October 2003, 05:17   #1
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greasing my nipples

I had a shock when i put the boat in the water on saturday.

She started first time, I started to reverse her away from the jetty when i found i couldn't turn the steering wheel at all.

seems the <technical term> rod that works the steering at the outboard end had rusted into the housing and was stuck solid.

This is bizarre as its only been a month since i last used the boat.

does anyone have any tips for freeing it or should I contact a dealer and spend some cash on having it stripped down etc...

Its most frustrating as this was the first great day of spring here and the sea was like a mill pond.

any ideas??
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Old 20 October 2003, 05:58   #2
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Undo the big brass nut on the end of the steering cable/through tube. Disconnect the drag link from the steering arm. Use a hammer and soft drift/copper mallet to tap the shaft out of the tube. If it's very tight but you can get it to move, lubricate the part you've managed to expose and then tap it back in. Continue working it until the shaft is free.
Clean it all up, if it is still usable, and grease it with water resistant grease. Replace the seal at the output end before refitting the cable shaft.
If it looks in poor condition generally, replace it.

Service it properly in the future bozo.
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Old 20 October 2003, 08:04   #3
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Service it properly in the future bozo.

Alternatively, send it to the menders and spend the time watching the mother country win the rugby world cup

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Old 20 October 2003, 08:54   #4
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Who's mother country then?
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Old 20 October 2003, 09:00   #5
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Surprised that you would get into any Rugby related discussions after Saturday Charles!
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Old 20 October 2003, 09:03   #6
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Surprised that you would get into any Rugby related discussions after Saturday Charles!


What a game damn shame we won, good luck with the all blacks
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Old 20 October 2003, 10:50   #7
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Alternatively, send it to the menders and spend the time watching the mother country win the rugby world cup

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I support two teams in the World cup The Welsh and whover is playing England. Damn shame the Springboks didn't have a good kicker.

Anyway good luck to you English guys cos you'll need it when you meet Wales in the Final!

by the way if the doobrey is still stuck then remove the fuel and try some heat
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Alan, it's not over until the..... (you know the rest!) Bloody Koen!
Not sure what this has to do with nipples though?
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Maybe 'cos he played like a t..

Sorry - couldn't resist.........
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cos you'll need it when you meet Wales in the Final!
Why do I get the feeling that I'm going to hear that old b*ll*cks about Wales never being beaten but sometimes (always ) the other team scores more points. I had a conversation with Humper about the greatest player ever. He reckoned it was Barry John but I think it's because it's the only name he can pronounce when he's in drink. You try saying Dai Llewellyn when you're p*ssed.

Sorry to hijack your thread, Edward. If the cable is frozen, it needs changing but the problem may be in the steering head. The fact that the outer is rusted in the saddle tube would not necessarily freeze the steering

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Old 20 October 2003, 16:14   #11
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.....shosolosa.........
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Old 20 October 2003, 16:20   #12
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DM if you are not careful I wont feed the sniper in our garden tomorrow . I certainly know the best Welsh scrum half was Dewi Morris.
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Old 20 October 2003, 16:24   #13
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The fact that the outer is rusted in the saddle tube would not necessarily freeze the steering

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What?

The outer does not go into the tube. The outer is held against the end of the tube by the big nut. The inner cable is terminated by the bar which slides whithin the tube, which is part of the engine bracket. If this is seized, the steering most certainly will not move.

If you want to check the helm unit, undo the big nut completely and when you turn the steering wheel the outer will move along the inner cable and this will move the nut away from the steering tube. This will only happen in one direction.
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Old 20 October 2003, 17:19   #14
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Lost the plot somewhere when it got involved with men with funny shaped balls! However I did bring a product back from the states the other year that had a nut with a grease nipple on it that fitted on the end of the steering tube. An O ring in it kept the grease in the tube a long as you didnt pump too much in. Sold that boat now so can't go an have a look at it but it did work reasonably well on the boat that had the same problem with the steering gear-it would seize after a week or two of non use.
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Old 20 October 2003, 18:50   #15
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Thanks you all for your kind words of support, in both my own personal hour of need, and for our glorious team as they drive on to victory in the RWC here in Australia's sunny shores.

Flakey first half, boring but effective kicking from Johnny in the second. I am confident that England will win. And I can spend the next month rubbing the aussies nose in it.

But back to the boat... I think it will find its way to the Yamaha Dealer tomorrow.

As for maintenance - the steering arm was greased a month ago so i can't understand it...
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What!!

What!!
That's no way for a teacher to talk. You'll be saying boo to the skipper next.
Apologies to EdwardH for a drambuie fueled technical inaccuracy and many thanks to JW for correcting me from the other side of Hadrians Wall. I knew there was a reason why we built it. I feel suitably humbled but this will only last until THE cup is resting in its rightful place at Twickenham.

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It's Offa's Dyke that you dug to keep the likes of JW out.....he's lucky enough to be one of the chosen people!
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Old 21 October 2003, 15:10   #18
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Yeh, I'm getting a bit grumpy in my old(er) age.

Apologies to EdwardH for a drambuie fueled technical inaccuracy and many thanks to JW for correcting me from the other side of Hadrians Wall. I knew there was a reason why we built it. I feel suitably humbled....

I'll let you off since it was Drambuie you were drinking.

but this will only last until THE cup is resting in its rightful place at Twickenham.

Never. Anywhere but...
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Put him in detention next time JW
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