Holy cables batman!!!grnUnlike some things once those things get stiff Once the cable gets that way its pretty much done, my pops once spent days hanging one from close line and lubeing it with WD , New rack systems are relatively inexpensive and simple to install Tom
Always check your "steer tube" for adjustment , the tendancy is to overtighten the bushing nuts and the steer tube must move ever so slightly back and forth to compensate for the swing of the tiller ,If the tube is too tight it will cause the steering to bind and be stiff, A good working rack should be "pinky finger operation" out of the water, Also having a swivel clevis (about 20 bucks)at the end of the rack shaft helps alot TomTom,
Steering is a little tight on my end too.
I wont be able to tear into it until next week though.
I saw replacement cables from 99 - 140 bucks. I would not even worry about lubing that sucker and just replace it. Not worth it getting stuck while on the water. Looks like tommy has a few sittin around just call him and get one shipped to you.. I cant imagine it would be difficult to replace.If you know it's going bad , plan on replacing it....cause it's gonna bite you when you least expect it. Being unable to make your trip, or unable to steer your boat, both unacceptable scenarios IMO