View Full Version : Stiff Steering Anyone? - Top 5 Reasons

09-29-2006, 07:20 PM
Top 5 Reasons why steering cables are stiff (if you have it limited to the cable and not other things like rudder/helm)

Source - Tefelex Support

1st - The steering cable is not slid out of the support tube as far as they can go cleaned off and greased with a WATER PROOF MARINE LITHIUM GREASE. This should be done once a year on a fresh water only boat and twice a year on salt water boats.

2nd - The support tubes have a grease fitting on them and grease just gets pumped into it. This forces grease up our cable jacket and causes a hydraulic lock which will make your steering real hard to turn.(must replace the cable)

3rd - The telescoping rod at the engine end of the cable has been bent.

4th - The cable has to tight of bends in it, it must be a minimum bend radius of 8 inches ( an example would be; The cable has to be able to go around the outside of a 55 gallon drum.) big sweeping bends are needed.

5th - The cable is wire tied tight and the cable can not flex

09-29-2006, 07:21 PM
I think the 2nd one might have got me

10-01-2006, 03:00 AM
So what are you supposed to do with the grease fitting on the support tubes?

dog paw
10-01-2006, 11:51 AM
This summer mine has gotten stiff to the left of center. The grease fitting on my cable has never taken grease well. I guess thats nothing a new cable won't fix:(