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    Default Stiff steering cable

    How very lazy of me to post this question before digging in and seeing for myself, but damn it's cold outside...


    My steering was supposedly replaced by the PO 2 years ago when I got the boat.
    New R&P he told me.
    2 seasons later, I go outside and give the wheel a turn, and it is stiff as hell without even being hooked up to the pump.
    I hear/feel a "clunk-clunk-clunk" in the column as I turn the wheel.

    Is this the clunk of death for my steering cable?

    Having never replaced such a thing on a boat, I am wondering if this is repairable/adjustable?

    Probably not, huh...
    100 years from now, none of this will matter.

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    Dont take a chance with it.... install as new steering assembly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outlaw View Post
    Dont take a chance with it.... install as new steering assembly.
    I think a much shorter cable would help.
    This one makes a bis S turn before going out the transom.
    100 years from now, none of this will matter.

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    It needs somewhat of a big bend in it, Im sure theres a spec on the mininum bend radius.
    maybe Tom from JBP can tell us, normally they fill up with H2O and rust up.

    put one of these on the new cable and it will help keep it lubed and keep the H2O out

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    First thing is find a 3 to 4 year old child, put them in the boat and show them how to turn the steering wheel and make vroom sounds, 2 hours later the steering will be as smooth as ever. Honestly, this worked for me!!! My Kid practicly ripped the steering wheel off, lol.

    P.S. Probably get it checked

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daddy B View Post
    First thing is find a 3 to 4 year old child, put them in the boat and show them how to turn the steering wheel and make vroom sounds, 2 hours later the steering will be as smooth as ever. Honestly, this worked for me!!! My Kid practicly ripped the steering wheel off, lol.

    P.S. Probably get it checked

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    LOL, that is what I'm talking about............this will definitely take care of the problem or...............make it worse.

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    Default Answered you own question...

    [QUOTE=jet460;1310280]How very lazy of me to post this question before digging in and seeing for myself, but damn it's cold outside.../QUOTE]

    If there is any grease in your casing you have answered your own question with your first paragraph. The grease in the "rack" and any that might be in the casing will get very stiff in very cold weather... The "clunk, clunk" might be play in the rack and pinion steering going over frozen grease.....
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    [QUOTE=Moneypit;1312526]
    Quote Originally Posted by jet460 View Post
    How very lazy of me to post this question before digging in and seeing for myself, but damn it's cold outside.../QUOTE]

    If there is any grease in your casing you have answered your own question with your first paragraph. The grease in the "rack" and any that might be in the casing will get very stiff in very cold weather... The "clunk, clunk" might be play in the rack and pinion steering going over frozen grease.....
    Ray
    Yep, that's a logical thought, but it started stiffening up during the summer. It's cold here, but not freezing.
    100 years from now, none of this will matter.

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    Id replace the cable. its not that hard or expensive....better than having it break at the river and ruining your day, or your boat. just my .02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outlaw View Post
    It needs somewhat of a big bend in it, Im sure theres a spec on the mininum bend radius. maybe Tom from JBP can tell us, normally they fill up with H2O and rust up.
    put one of these on the new cable and it will help keep it lubed and keep the H2O out
    Funny Thing is we have really Old boats come in with Very Old cables and the steer like Butter,unfortunately like many things in our world even the new "state of the art" probably doesn't seem to have the longevity of some of the old school systems , When we route cables we try to run the shortest possible with long sweeping bends (radius no smaller than 18") Vs running to the transom and then a Big "S" bend, we try run the cables to drop out of the gunnel near or behind the rear seat area when possible and then straight back along or near the stringer and directly out the transom thru the steer tube. One potential "bind spot" is the steer tube itself , on most applications a dead dehydrated overtightend steer tube bushing will cause the rack shaft to bind inside the tube Those cable lubers are a help as are rack end clevis/swivels at the rack end to get the geometry correct

    Tom

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    Mine has always done the clunk of death. Sounds like a roller coaster going up a hill. When I put the rack and helm system in, it took half a season before it started to get stiff. the zerked cable seals really do help

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