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Looseness in Montauk steering
|Author||Topic: Looseness in Montauk steering|
posted 03-15-2002 09:40 AM ET (US)
I just purchased a 17' 85' Montauk (a real creampuff) that has a new teleflex cable and a 95 Evenrude.
When I took the boat for a sea trial before purchasing I noticed a little play in the steering.
If I rock the steering wheel back and forth while looking back at the cable and outboard, there is no movement until I take up the slack and turn the wheel a little further.
I suspect the play is in the "watchamacallit" that the steering cable connects into behind the steering wheel in the console.
Before I go any further and disasemble this device and look for the problem, I thought that I'd see if anyone else has any experience with this issue.
posted 03-15-2002 09:56 AM ET (US)
They all have some slack...par for the course. If it is more than say a 1/4 turn...have a look at the helm.
posted 03-15-2002 11:13 AM ET (US)
Maybe 1/8th of a turn. Do you think I'm expecting too much from the steering system?
posted 03-15-2002 12:36 PM ET (US)
yup! It aint no Mercedes.
posted 03-15-2002 01:18 PM ET (US)
When I turn the steering wheel, I have about 1 inch of slack on either side of center before the engine turns. Is there a way to tighten this?
posted 03-15-2002 01:49 PM ET (US)
Nope! name of the game. Even Hydraulics have some play.
posted 03-15-2002 01:51 PM ET (US)
let me state, this is normal. Maybe a "new" unit wiill be tighter but will loosen with time and is the norm. 1" or 1/8 turn lash is usual.
posted 03-15-2002 02:24 PM ET (US)
Thanks Bigshot, you saved me a lot of time. I can deal with it as is.
posted 03-16-2002 12:29 AM ET (US)
While we are on this subject, I have a new No-Feedback steering system and I also have that play. On the motor end, I can shake the motor back and forth, and the steering arm goes in and out of the steering tube almost an inch. Is this consistant with you all out there?
By the way, I am looking into a Teleflex BayStar steering system. My buddy has one and it is much more precise than cable.
posted 03-16-2002 06:49 AM ET (US)
I just installed a no feedback system on my 13' - everything new...helm, cable, motor too. Mine has no noticeable play whatsoever in it. Now, after I hit a couple logs in the river . . . . . Mav
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