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billboat
04-04-2017, 08:34 AM
I tried to grease the rudder on my 2000 PS and I couldn't get any grease to go in with "regular greasing pressure". I didn't want to push too hard if I was doing something wrong. The pressure applied did push a few drops of water out the bottom.

Is there a step I'm missing besides 1) attach gun and 2) squeeze until grease shoots out bottom or do I just need to get stronger?

Bouyhead
04-04-2017, 08:42 AM
The space between the rudder port and the rudder is pretty tight, not much room for excess grease. If you pushed out water and the rudder/steering is free you should be good to go. You can also try having someone turn the wheel lock to lock as you try to pump in more grease.

gweaver
04-04-2017, 08:55 AM
I had a similar problem. I removed the existing grease zerk and replaced it with a new one. Turns out the zerk had some rust on it in the rudder tube. New one worked perfectly.
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SkiWest
04-04-2017, 09:25 AM
+1 to the easiest option in having someone turn the wheel while you grease.

CantRepeat
04-04-2017, 09:27 AM
Likewise, if it has been a long time since it was greased the grease can get to such a hardened state that the rudder needs to come out and the old grease removed.

bet_on_black
04-04-2017, 11:13 AM
I had a similar problem. I removed the existing grease zerk and replaced it with a new one. Turns out the zerk had some rust on it in the rudder tube. New one worked perfectly.
G

Same here. I also had someone turn the wheel back and forth until I had only new grease coming out.

billboat
04-04-2017, 12:50 PM
Thanks everybody. I will give turning the wheel back and forth while squeezing a try but I have a feeling it has been a while since it was greased. Hopefully removing the rudder isn't too hard.

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Kweisner
04-04-2017, 03:34 PM
I had a similar problem. I removed the existing grease zerk and replaced it with a new one. Turns out the zerk had some rust on it in the rudder tube. New one worked perfectly.
G

Similar experience--I pulled the zerk out of the housing and before dashing to the store, tried a little pressure on the check ball. That freed it up and was able to pump in grease without any undue resistance.

swatguy
04-04-2017, 06:53 PM
Most likely the zerk is clogged. Try and replace that first. If not the rudder drops out easily . It can be a one man job if you use a jack to support it from underneath.

billboat
04-04-2017, 11:01 PM
Ok. Turn the wheel, then replace the zerk, then drop the rudder.

Thanks everybody!

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FrankSchwab
04-05-2017, 12:05 AM
There's a small hole on the rudder plate under the boat that's the bleed hole - when you pump in grease up top, it distributes through the rudder housing then the excess squirts out the small hole. My problem was the grease was hardened in this bleed hole, preventing me from cranking any more in. Clear the hole, and perhaps everything gets better.

99mastercraft
04-05-2017, 01:35 AM
Where is this fitting to grease the rudder?

zsqure
04-05-2017, 08:09 AM
Where is this fitting to grease the rudder?



https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170405/7988ac9b83712f4cf088abf0049b07c0.jpg

Right here



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Burdhntr
04-05-2017, 10:34 AM
Hold on...I need to grease my rudder?! Dang. Stearing is a little stiff. Maybe that's why...

JimN
04-05-2017, 10:36 AM
Most likely the zerk is clogged. Try and replace that first. If not the rudder drops out easily . It can be a one man job if you use a jack to support it from underneath.

And remember to mark the rudder shaft and tiller arm, so the steering wheel doesn't need to be re-aligned.