Okay so i had some steering issues lately that i posted, 496HO w/Bravo X. I was very low on PS fluid, bilge had fluid in the bottom, leaked somewhere but could not find the leak. Added fluid, so far no fluid loss and i have been out several times and have no idea where or why the fluid leaked out. Steering still has some slop. 1" in steering wheel without it "catching" to turn outdrive. Wife turned the wheel while i watched in the bilge.Steering ram did not extend until wife turned steering wheel about 1" and then it caught.
You can move the outdrive by hand left and right several inches without the steering wheel moving. You cannot move the outdrive up or down at all.When I am driving the boat it feels loose especially when trimmed up and when i am driving fast I must keep wheel turned 1/2 turn to the left to keep it straight and when I suddenly de-celerate it wants to turn right
112 hours...had the boat 2 years with no steering issues till now
So, what do you think..are there any bolts that I can tighten or check? Pics are great if you have them.
Where the steering cable comes into the steering arm assembly it is threaded. Can i tighten that connection to see if the steering wheel slop goes away?
Is there such thing as having "air" in the line from such low PS fluid and then adding some that will give me any issues?
Last thing..if I add a single ram I assume I should get this issue fixed first...just asking to make sure I dont have to do anything unnecessary $$$$.
Thanks for your input. Dave