Steering TIGHT

Discussion in 'Bubba's Outboards' started by Wally, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. Wally

    Wally New Member

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    Willard,
    The steering on my 17' Bass tracker,w/ 70 hp Mariner is SUPER STIFF! (kind of like it took a whole bottle of Viagra, STIFF). I lubed it up on the ZERT on the motor and it got no better. I got to PULL with both hands to make the boat turn. ????:confused2::confused2::confused2:
    Thanks Brother

    Wally
     
  2. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Wally, got a few questions for you. How new of an application do you have? If it is reasonably new you may want to take it to a dealer for service. If it is relatively old, it sounds like the lube in the steering cable has gotten too thick and is no longer lubricating. You can remove the cables and lube them again, but it is a process. I think I saw an article in the BOC library about the process. But there is not many things which can cause this condition other than a bind in the steering cable whether from a crook, a dent, or poor lubrication.
     

  3. Wally

    Wally New Member

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    Yea Lawrence, I guess it to be old. 1992 model. Is there a lube point under the dash??? I never bothered to look (DUMMY) I look in the library.
    Thanks Brother
     
  4. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    First thing is to take the motor loose from the sterring cable and see if its the cable or the piviot pin that goes down long ways of the motor that it swivels on. That has lube serks also and sometimes the grease will harden in it and it take a little heat to remove it.
     
  5. fish

    fish Active Member

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    I really appreciate this information also, our bassboat steering is like driving a car with the power steering not working. I have two steering cables and one is unhooked, I may try the other one to see if it is any better.
     
  6. daddio

    daddio New Member

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    not to but in but my steering was stiff as ever I put new cables in steers like a dream
     
  7. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    Thats not butting Ted That is offering a solution. Sometimes replacing the cable is all that can be done to cure the problem.
     
  8. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    A lot of times the rod on the steering that connects to your engine is the problem. I worked on boats part time last year and had run into this problem occasionally. When you get the steering cable loose from the engine, we had a special tool that reems out the tube that the cable fits into. We re greased the steering cable and put back together and worked great. What happens is that if you dont keep up with cleaning and regreasing this, rust will build up inside and bind up your steering. Hope this helps, could save you some money.
     
  9. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    Good info Jason and a 12 ga. shotgun bore brush is the size of that tube and a 12 ga bore mop is to clean it after cleaning with the brush.
     
  10. gofish98

    gofish98 New Member

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    And the shot guns for the asian carp:smile2::smile2::smile2::smile2: