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David Seaborn
05-18-2005, 05:51 PM
I have a 200 197 and the steering is so tight it takes two hands to turn the wheel. I have greased the fittings and still very tight. Is it possible that in only two years I need to replace the cable? The boat has about 200 hours. Any suggestions?

David Seaborn

east tx skier
05-18-2005, 05:53 PM
Welcome, David. Somebody just mentioned something about this with reference to another boat. I'll see if I can't locate the thread. The first suggestion was to grease the fittings, but if I recall, MYMC had another suggestion.

David Seaborn
05-18-2005, 05:54 PM
Thanks for any help you give me.

east tx skier
05-18-2005, 05:56 PM
Well, unfortunately, it looks like it was a somewhat different issue. But here's the thread I was remembering just in case there's any good info in there. Good luck.

New X-30 Steering (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=2742&highlight=steering)

Stritt
05-18-2005, 05:57 PM
Yes.....It is VERY possible. I am on cable number 3 with 180 hours and the boat is not kept on the water or water in the bilge for that matter. I have a friend with a 02 TT 197 and he has replaced also.

Sorry for the bad news.

east tx skier
05-18-2005, 05:58 PM
With 12 years on what appears to be the original cable I find this pretty troubling. Has anyone been given an official explanation for this?

Stritt
05-18-2005, 06:04 PM
Unfortunately........no. But the factory is aware of it because they changed the last one. :rolleyes:

MarkP
05-18-2005, 06:06 PM
Yes.....It is VERY possible. I am on cable number 3 with 180 hours and the boat is not kept on the water or water in the bilge for that matter. I have a friend with a 02 TT 197 and he has replaced also.

Sorry for the bad news.
Just out of curiosity, do you know what is the cost associated with replacing that cable. I donít have that boat right now but I do intend to upgrade to the 03/04 197 some day..

David Seaborn
05-18-2005, 06:09 PM
Do You all think that removing the cable from the rectangular black box under the dash behind the steering wheel and lubeing that would help?

Stritt
05-18-2005, 06:09 PM
Lucky for me the boat was under warranty........my guess would be under $200 if you installed yourself....Which is not difficult.

Stritt
05-18-2005, 06:10 PM
Wait, I may have only had 1 cable go bad......the first time the rudder was frozen in the port......so not real sure about the cable being replaced then.....Let's call it one rudder and one cable ;)

Stritt
05-18-2005, 06:12 PM
My Buddy tried that, it didn't work.

MarkP
05-18-2005, 06:13 PM
I guess thatís not too bad but still an extra cable a year?? They gotta work on that design.

Stritt
05-18-2005, 06:24 PM
The rudder freezing was a worse problem. Good new is this on a stainless set up not the bronze. No need to worry people.

Ric
05-18-2005, 06:32 PM
ok I'm juggling sharp objects over here!!!! You guys KNOW what I've gone thru and now this! [jumps off the cliff]

Ric
05-18-2005, 06:33 PM
oh and uhhhhhh David
Welcome to the board
let's get some positive posts out of you now and some pics asap

MarkP
05-18-2005, 06:34 PM
Man

Iím starting to think I should upgrade to a rowboat :rolleyes:

Stritt
05-18-2005, 06:39 PM
h20 girl did the right thing and talked to the right person. I will say once Tim Best and others were involved, things worked out. ;)

USC8791
05-18-2005, 07:31 PM
I had the same problem with my '02 197. I had to have the cable replaced. The cable itself was $196.00. I'm not sure what labor was because I had to have the fuel pump replaced at the same time (I ran out of gas and the pump went). :mad:

MYMC
05-19-2005, 10:15 AM
I keep reading these threads and the overwhelming body of evidence suggests that you guys (and girls) keep getting these boats wet and putting them in water...what gives? :eek:

east tx skier
05-19-2005, 10:25 AM
And people laugh at me when I tell them to quit getting my boat wet.

Stritt
05-19-2005, 11:05 AM
I know its a terrible problem! Go figure that a cable laying in the bilge of a boat may actually get wet? ;)

Kinda makes me think about all these stereo installs with amps mounted on the floor under the observer's seats... :noface:

James Bullion
05-23-2005, 03:41 AM
I see some of you guys have the same steering problems as me. We've just bought this X2 back from the states (a dream come true) but we have no idea how to go about fixing the problem.

So before I dive head first into doing things I might not need to do and spending loads more cash can one of you help me by explaining what I should look at first before I need to change the cable. i.e. what points should I grease first etc and where?

The season is very short here so I need to get this fixed ASAP so appreciate anyone's help.

Thanks.

James
Sweden.

lsupcar
05-23-2005, 01:46 PM
Remove the steering cable from the rudder and support tube. If the steering now moves freely, lube the tube and rudder (you can check the rudder movement by hand to see if it moves easily). If the steering is still stiff, remove the rack from the helm. If the helm moves freely, the cable is the problem and lubrication will not help and the cable should be replaced. Good luck. Bill Z

David Seaborn
05-26-2005, 11:14 PM
Thanks for the help with this problem guys. I fixed it myself today.
I replaced the steering cable. It was a fairly easy job and my steering can be operated with one finger now. The cable does lie and run along in the bilge however it is encased in a rubber jacket and no way water in the bilge could affect it unless the water was high enough to to cover the rear mount or the rudder mount. I think it was just a bad cable. If anyone needs to replace one I can tell you all about it. It is not hard. Dont pay someone to do it! Thanks again for all you replies!!

David Seaborn