View Full Version : Steering play

01-01-2008, 03:34 PM
Anyone have 2 to 3 inches of play in their steering at speed in a 2005 197 pro star? Had 4 inches of play and the dealer put in a new cable now it is only about 2 inches.
Hard to go thru a slalom course!!!!

01-01-2008, 07:27 PM
Seems excessive. I may have 1/8" if that on my 86'. I guess 2" would make it real tough to get it through a course. Something is up, not sure what?

01-01-2008, 08:34 PM
seems excessive to me also since I have owned 4 mastercrafts with no play in the steering. The dealer said the factory said this is acceptable.

01-01-2008, 08:48 PM
What dealer??? There should be some play. Did you purchase the boat NEW from the dealer? Sounds like you need a new rudder, not just a cable. Shaving or sanding down and edge will help with tension.

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01-07-2008, 10:13 AM

I have a 2002 197 TT and replaced my cable last spring because of similar amount of play and stiff steering.

What I discovered was under the black plastic cover (looks like an accordion) on the steering shaft by the wheel the parts that allow the tilt of the wheel had come loose.

I pulled the steering wheel off and that cover, tighten all the allen head bolts up, as they were following out!! and the steering was back to normal!!

I hope this helps, PM if you need more info!:D