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Stelario posted 03-15-2002 09:40 AM ET (US)   Profile for Stelario   Send Email to Stelario  
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.


Bigshot posted 03-15-2002 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
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.
Stelario posted 03-15-2002 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Stelario  Send Email to Stelario     
Maybe 1/8th of a turn. Do you think I'm expecting too much from the steering system?
Bigshot posted 03-15-2002 12:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
yup! It aint no Mercedes.
tarracott posted 03-15-2002 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for tarracott  Send Email to tarracott     
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?
Bigshot posted 03-15-2002 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Nope! name of the game. Even Hydraulics have some play.
Bigshot posted 03-15-2002 01:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
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.
Stelario posted 03-15-2002 02:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Stelario  Send Email to Stelario     
Thanks Bigshot, you saved me a lot of time. I can deal with it as is.
FISHNFF posted 03-16-2002 12:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
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.


maverick posted 03-16-2002 06:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
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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