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JasonA posted 05-17-2002 08:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for JasonA   Send Email to JasonA  

I put my 1990 Whaler 15' in today, and she started up nice....but I had a problem, no steering. I took off the cable going into the 92' Johnson 50 and turned the wheel. Obviously, w/ the nut loose on the steering cable, the cable just moved out of the boat. Like an idiot, I tried to force the wheel a little and believe I broke the cable going to the wheel as well. When I undid the nut on the cable going into the wheel, I see a small hole, but no cable coming out. Can someone please aid me in 1)the connection to the wheel and 2) unjamming the connection to the motor.

Thanks alot -- Sadly,

jstachowiak posted 05-18-2002 07:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
They freeze up every so often. You probably need to replace the cable inside, now. They are available from any boat place. You need to measure the length. The Wheel assembly in the console is a gear that moves the cable thru it. When they freeze they are rusted and can break. About a $120 to $180 replacement.
Ger posted 05-18-2002 06:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ger  Send Email to Ger     
My own opinion, replace your steering gear. It doesn't last forever and its an easy fix. I just did mine, no problems. You can get a No-FeedBack system for about 155 bucks from I have dealt many times with them. They give good service and offer excellent prices.
aubv posted 05-18-2002 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

Are you saying the cable moved freely once it was disengaged from the motor?
Can you turn the motor by hand?

If the motor is frozen. You should be able to push the cable back into it's sleeve while having someone turn the wheel. Depending on what cable you have it may just reengage. You should grease the cable before pushing back in to sleeve.
If this is the original cable it isn't a bad idea to replace.

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