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    my bravo drive is developing some play. you can't tell when you are driving but when parked, you can move the outdrive side to side about an inch or maybe 1 1/2". it didn't have any play when I bought it. looking inside, the play is coming from movement of the tube that the cable goes thru. where the cable nut goes onto the tube. the tube itself is movong in and out a little. there doesn't seem to ne any play in the tiller arm. this is the power steering valve assembly. do I need to replace it or what? is there a way to tighten the tube in the assembly?

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    Sounds like you have a standard steering cable system and over time the cable has worn. There is some adjusting to the cable that can be done to minimize the play but with a cable system, it will never completely go away.

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    Okie Dave,

    This is pretty normal, the actuation valve has a little bit of too and fro in it because that is how the hydraulic ram is operated...

    I normally try to tie the drive to one side while trailering just for this reason, you don't want that fishtailing while going down the freeway, it just wears stuff out...A bungee cord is more than adequate IMHO


    Keep an eye on it and ensure that the play is only coming from the block with the large bolt through it. I think it is OK...
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    If you have been doing your own service you probably have not been tightening the steering pin clamp bolts at the top of the Gimbal Ring. Look at the steering lever while someone moves the drive back and forth.... but only move it the amount of the play. See if the lever moves, if not tighten the clamp bolts and re-check. If it does not improve the gimbal ring is wearing where the steering pin is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDMarine View Post
    If you have been doing your own service you probably have not been tightening the steering pin clamp bolts at the top of the Gimbal Ring. Look at the steering lever while someone moves the drive back and forth.... but only move it the amount of the play. See if the lever moves, if not tighten the clamp bolts and re-check. If it does not improve the gimbal ring is wearing where the steering pin is.
    Would that apply to a loose muffler bearing as well??? Its hard taking you serious...

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    I figured it out. it was low on power steering fluid. once I filled it up and drove it a little, the play is gone.
    I had fixed a water leak in the oil cooler over the winter and when I re-installed the oil cooler, I must not have got enough fluid back in the system. all seems to be good now.

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