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Ray posted 02-23-2001 11:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ray   Send Email to Ray  
My 25' Revenge (1985) has been stored inside this winter in Michigan. Just checking it out this week to add a tiebar to the trolling motor and noticed the steering has a flat spot in it. When you turn the wheel there is the normal resistance then for every turn of the wheel it hits a spot where there is no resistance. I'm wondering if there is air in the system or something else. Does anybody have any experiece with this. I'm quite sure it's a Teleflex system.
Peter posted 02-23-2001 11:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     

It sounds like you might have some air in the system or the fluid level is low. Your system should have a cap at the steering wheel. Remove the filler plug and check the fluid level. It should be at the top of the reservoir.

Also, see

Ray posted 02-24-2001 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ray  Send Email to Ray     
I checked that and it is ok. If there is air in the system how do I bleed it?
DIVE 1 posted 02-24-2001 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
Get your hands on a Teleflex installation guide, it explains the entire bleeding procedure.
Peter posted 02-25-2001 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     

The Seastar link I mentioned is Teleflex's. It explains the steps for bleeding a system. Sounds like you have some air, but what was the temperature? On the other hand, how old is the system? It's my observation that these systems generally last between 10 and 15 years before they need to be replaced. I replaced the entire original system on my 87 Outrage last year after the seals gave out on both the pump and the hydraulic ram and the previous owner of my newly acquired 86 Revenge said he replaced the hydraulic steering system a couple of years ago. I would try bleeding first and if its cold, I'd wait until things warmed up a bit.

Dick posted 02-25-2001 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
As a Teleflex wholesale distributor I have had the opertunity to tour the Hydraulic factory in Vancouver BC. The most impresive facility I have ever toured other than the original BW factory.
Don't throw away that old system as rebuild kits are available.
Ray posted 02-25-2001 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ray  Send Email to Ray     
Thanks very much guys. This has been very helpful. I was wondering about the cold weather but it should not feel like it did even at 30 degrees. The system is 15 yrs old. I noticed some slight drips under the steering wheel so I may have a seal going. I will check the bleed procedure and try that when it warms up a bit.
Ray posted 02-28-2001 09:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ray  Send Email to Ray     
Just wondering if anybody out there has rebuilt the pump on one of these units. I may have a leak here as the level is down a bit in the oil reservoir and come to think of it I noticed oil dripping on my radio last summer and wondered where it may be coming from. I did find seastar's site and printed out the bleed procedures. Also I have a place to purchase the rebuild kit and the dist. is here in Grand Rapids. What sort of a task am I in for? The cylinder at the engine seems fine and the piston is very smooth and now signs of leaks on that end.
Peter posted 03-01-2001 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Before you rebuild the pump, check the hose fittings to make sure they are tight and not leaking.
Ray posted 03-01-2001 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ray  Send Email to Ray     
Thanks for the info. I have Fri. off and will get the long jons on an check it out.

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