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Old 17 May 2020, 19:09   #1
Country: USA
Town: Long Beach, CA
Boat name: TipSea
Make: Nautica
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Help removing a steering wheel

I just bought a 2007 Nautica center consul RIB. The steering pump is not working at all and I need to replace it. I have tried to remove the wheel to start the process, but have not had any luck. I have sprayed WD40 and penetrating oil on the wheel and still no luck. Friends from the dock tried a wheel puller and still nothing. Is there a secret to the wheel on a Nautica RIB? HELP!!

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Old 17 May 2020, 22:22   #2
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They can be pain agreed. WD40 is no use, try PlusGas or similar. The steering shaft is slightly tapered and there's a woodruff key on there too. If the boat is new to you, goodness knows the maintenance history? Hopefully whoever fitted it, put a smear of grease on it first.

Undo the central nut and washer. Now put the nut back on so it sits flush with the steering shaft surface. Couple of reasons, it protects the thread on the shaft when you hit it, and if this comes off you'll go flying otherwise. If you have someone to help, get them to haul the steering wheel with hands at a quarter to three angle. Hit the central steering shaft with a couple of glancing blows with a hammer. It should come off.

If that fails, there's always Stu's approach!
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