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Steering Wheel Not Quite Aligned With Outboard


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does it have hydraulic steering,if it does and the helm pump has plenty of fluid as in not to suck in air loosen the bleed nipple on the ram (on the engine) and turn the steering so it lines up and retighten

cheers arman

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does it have hydraulic steering,if it does and the helm pump has plenty of fluid as in not to suck in air loosen the bleed nipple on the ram (on the engine) and turn the steering so it lines up and retighten

cheers arman

could you explain a bit clearer please mr magoo

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could you explain a bit clearer please mr magoo

step one make sure the resivior is full ( the hub thing with the screw on top behind the steering wheel) make sure you use the correct oil

step two steer the engine so it is centred,ie going staight ahead

step three, there is bleed nipples on the steering ram mounted on the motor ,loosen one,so when your mate turns the wheel to centalize the steering wheel, oil comes from the ram instead of moving the motor

so loosen the nipple,turn the steering wheel to get it into the postion you want and then retighten the nipple

hows that,hope that helps

cheers arman

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Just to add to Mr Magoos post you should tighten the nipple straight away once its in the right spot. If you dont then air might get into the system.

To stop air getting into the hydraulic trailer lines. I use a short (50 cm or so) bit of clear hose that is about 4 mm in diameter. It fits really snugly over the bleeding nipple. When the brakes are activated (by pushing the trailer against the garage wall) the fluid comes out and the nipple can be tightened without any air getting in. Pop down to Bunnings and grab half a meter or so of hose to do the same with your steering.

If air gets in you will find that the steering will be less responsive when you turn the wheel.

Evets

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Guys - if it is a seastar or baystar hydraulic helm they have a overpressure relief valve in them. This means that if you go to full lock and keep turning the wheel will still turn ( a bit lumpy) and you can re centre your wheel that way. It will blow poorly fitted or secured Hyd lines off but put it this way - better to find out onshore than offshore. Check if it is a hydrive as I am not sure.

The other problem may be that if the steering cylinder is not a balanced cylinder it may cause the wheel not to be in the same position all the time.

Hope this helps and easier than bleeding.

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