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Mechanical steering 'locked'

 
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bbm2



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:43 am    Post subject: Mechanical steering 'locked' Reply with quote

I think the system is rotary, two cable in my runabout with a 70hp 2 stroke Yamaha. The steering on this has always been very smooth, now all of a sudden it seems to have 'locked'. The steering wheel offers about 10 degrees play (no leg or motor movement). The leg when attempting to manually push from side to side has no play whatsoever, but sounds and feels like it is 'locked' at the motor end of the system - please help??
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MikeW
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, disconnect the end of the cable from the outboard first. At the end of the plastic cable there is a big nut that connects the cable to the outboard steering tube. Back it off and pull the cable out. It should come out easily and the engine should move freely at this point. If the cable is hard to pull out of the tube that most likely is the problem. Lack of lubrication. If is comes out freely and the engine is hard to push back and forth the engine mid section needs to be lubricated. If both seen to be ok you will need to replace the steering cable. Cool
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