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Old 06-07-2007, 11:37 PM
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Very Stiff Steering

I have a 2001 ProStar 209. The steering seems to be getting harder and harder to turn...to the point where it takes two hands and a lot of effort to turn around.

I have heard that I may need to replace the steering cable, or that I could just need to grease it. If I were to try to grease the cable where are the grease fittings? Is there anything else I can try? Is there any point in messing with it, or should I just replace the cable?

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Old 06-07-2007, 11:48 PM
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If you don't have a owners manual, you can go to www.mastercraft.com, knowledge center, owners manual and find the zerk locations in about anyone of them. Look in year 2000, page 55.
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:50 PM
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if you haven't greased it, that is probably why it got the way it is

I would grease it before replacing. On a direct drive, I believe it is under the rear seat somewhere, near the rudder.
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:01 AM
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While you are at it, please read this thread on the Zerk fittings!
http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/sh...highlight=zerk
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Good luck and if youhave questions feel free to ask!
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:04 AM
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If it is already stiff, there is no saving it......you need a new steering cable.

Sorry for the bad news, but its the truth
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:57 AM
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water in the cable line! I took mine into the mech. due to all the hours that it takes to fix. (my time plus knuckles = pay them on this one.) Sorry mate but i had my boat back in a day and man WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! cost was a little steep but like i said had it back in a day. Had I of done it, it would have easily been 4! good luck
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Old 06-08-2007, 04:00 AM
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that is definately a maintainence item... grease fittings.

I don't suppose you do alot of power turns do you?
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:58 AM
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The steering on my 97 205 was stiff but cleared right up after greasing the cable and the rudder shaft. The zerk on the top of the rudder shaft was rusted shut so I guess the previous owner never serviced it. I had to unbolt the rudder zerk and soak it in parts cleaner to free it up. Works great now.
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:41 PM
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I tried greaseing everything...it did not help at all. One thing I did notice, when I was squeezing grease into the rudder shaft grease fitting, it was very hard to squeeze the grease gun handle. I doubt whether or not any grease actually got into the fitting. Is this sign of something wrong in the rudder shaft? I will take the fitting off tonight and clean it, but if I do that and then greasae again, and still there is no improvement, do I have to replace the cable?

I don't understand why a cable would fail. What about having and old cable will make the steering stiff? The calbe seems like the last thing that would go. How Do I know that I don't have a problem in the rudder seal/shaft or in the linkage in front of the rudder or in the rack at the steering wheel?
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