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nattylightmike
01-23-2005, 09:51 PM
Last summer I was driving my dad's 1990 prostar and I noticed that his steering wheel was alot easier to turn than mine. I also have a 1990. I didn't realize how stiff my steering was until I drove his boat. I was just wondering if anyone has replaced the steering cable, or if anyone had a suggestion on what I need to do to fix the problem.

tph
01-23-2005, 10:15 PM
Last summer I was driving my dad's 1990 prostar and I noticed that his steering wheel was alot easier to turn than mine. I also have a 1990. I didn't realize how stiff my steering was until I drove his boat. I was just wondering if anyone has replaced the steering cable, or if anyone had a suggestion on what I need to do to fix the problem.

I had a similar problem a number of years ago. The shaft on the rudder end of the cable was corroded and lacking grease. A little clean up and lubrication solved the problem.

nattylightmike
01-23-2005, 10:36 PM
I know that there is a piece of hose coming from the rudder area with a zert fitting on the end of it, is this the same as your boat. I greased every zert I could find around there. It is hard to see around there being underneath the gas tank. Thanks for the advice.

tph
01-24-2005, 12:43 AM
I know that there is a piece of hose coming from the rudder area with a zert fitting on the end of it, is this the same as your boat. I greased every zert I could find around there. It is hard to see around there being underneath the gas tank. Thanks for the advice.

Can you remove the floor panel behind the engine cover? If so, you should be able to see if anything is binding. Also, if you disconnect the connection to the rudder, you can see if it rotates freely.

Karsken
01-26-2005, 09:10 AM
I have canged the cable with a hydralic steering.
Think that will be the ultimate solution!
I had to remove the fuel tank and floor but that was easy.
The hard part was to get equal stroke to both sides
Heres a pic

http://www.tmcowners.com/photopost/data/500/1080Sylinder_close2-med.JPG

H20skeefreek
01-26-2005, 09:22 AM
I have changed the cable with a hydraulic steering.
Think that will be the ultimate solution!
I had to remove the fuel tank and floor but that was easy.
The hard part was to get equal stroke to both sides
Heres a pic

http://www.tmcowners.com/photopost/data/500/1080Sylinder_close2-med.JPG

this is bad coming from me, since I upgrade everything that isn't broken but: That is overkill. I switched out my rotary system for a rack and pinion, and was given grief.

People gave me a hard time b/c I went from 4AWG wire on my battery system to 1/0 wire, but you REALLY went all out on the steering.

Lance
01-26-2005, 09:57 AM
I replaced my steering cable about 5 years ago after driving my brothers MC and realizing how hard mine had gotten over time. This cost about $110 and took about 30 minutes. This really loosened up the steering... in fact it is just about too loose because in certain situations it will turn on its own if you let go (I think this is in the 15-25 mph range but can't remember for sure). I know some people then have used what is essentially a c-clam to put a little resistance in place but I haven't done that (although for safety reasons it should probably be a little tighter than it is).


As someone else said I believe the problem is little bits of teflon flaking off the cable interior and causing the binding. At $110 I didn't feel the need to try to clean this up.

Other options like replacing with hydraulic steering or rack and pinion would also probably solve the problem but would likely be a little more hassle than replacement with new OEM part. My $0.02.

Lance

p.s. Rambo marine can sell you the cable.

east tx skier
01-26-2005, 11:25 AM
How many zert fittings are there and where do I look for them. Is it a matter of removing the panel behind the motorbox and hitting them with a grease gun? Any pictures with labels would be helpful to this not so mechanically inclined boat owner.

Thrall
01-26-2005, 11:34 AM
Doug,
My '96 has 3 greases zerks on/around the rudder/steering cable connection. If you remove the floorboard behind the engine, you'll be able to find them all pretty easily.
When greasing any of these components that are exposed to water, it's a good idea to keep pumping grease in them until you've pushed all the old grease out. You'd be surprised how much water is trapped inside the bushings or bearings getting greased. It's a little messy, but worthwile

east tx skier
01-26-2005, 11:44 AM
Thanks, Thrall.

G-man
01-26-2005, 01:00 PM
Thrall has it right to do it until all the water is out. The only thing I would add is that the steering cable tube zert does not or is not suppose to have the ball bearing in the zert to hold back grease. Turn the steering both directions after greasing. Have a paper towel over the zert because grease will come back out. You may even hear a pop when this happens. It is much easier to clean fresh grease than to wait till the next lubrication. Doing this yearly can keep your boat turning as easy as the newer style rack and pinion. I always used the blue marine bearing grease for this from Pep Boys.

rem_pss308
01-26-2005, 04:03 PM
George:
Are you sure the ball bearing is not supposed to be in the zert.
I noticed mine was gone, and tried to find a new one, but could not find a fitting to fit. The smallest I could find was 6mm, and the threads were smaller than that.
It seems that if there is a lot of water in the bilge it might get in there.

G-man
01-26-2005, 04:22 PM
Yes I am sure on a 93 this is normal. I went round and round on this when the boat was new. If you find someone that has this ball bearing in there I would surprised. If you lube the cable on a regular basis water shouldn't be getting in there. My source on this at MC was Tim Best after all these years he is still there.

nattylightmike
01-27-2005, 10:16 PM
Thanks for the help and advice. Looks like when I get the time I will go with a new steering cable.