Hard steering

Discussion in 'Bubba's Outboards' started by Creek6, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. Creek6

    Creek6 New Member

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    This morning when I went duck hunting the temp was 7 degrees. When I got the boat in the water the steering on my Merc 115 was locked up to the extent that the motor would not turn.

    Back at went home I placed a heater on it, and thawed it and it seemed to work fine. I shot some grease in it and only forced a very small amount of water out. After I let it set for awhile it locked up again. Has anyone experienced this with their steering? Any ideas for a fix.
     
  2. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    Yep that is a common thing when a boat is left outside in the weather where most of us have to leave them. Those cables will get water in them and when its cold like that I have seen certain types of grease freeze.
     

  3. BigBird

    BigBird New Member

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    Mine seems to be frozen at the steering wheel. It had a noise there last week and I am going to check mine this afternoon.
    I am hoping it has a grease fitting and is an easy fix.
     
  4. Creek6

    Creek6 New Member

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    I took the steering cable out of the cylinder and discovered water that was freezing. I cleaned it up coated everything in new grease and put it back together. Its fine now and it only took about 20 minutes. I think the water got in the cylinder by pressure washing.
     
  5. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    That could very well be how it got in there. Thanks for the follow up and glad you got her fixed.