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e70stuck posted 06-02-2002 09:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for e70stuck   Send Email to e70stuck  
The steering started to get tight on our 1985 evinrude 70 hp so we disconnected the steering arm from the teleflex to isolate the problem ( engine or teleflex system ). The teleflex runs smoothly, but the engine is hard to turn. We have greased the lube points where the engine rotates left to right, however grease will only come out of the bottom bushing, not the top. After greasing these areas, the left to right turning is still quite hard. Does anyone have any experience or ideas on how to fix this problem? any help is greatly appreciated, thanks.
DIVE 1 posted 06-02-2002 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
Spray penetrating oil around the top of the steering shaft while tuning the motor from side to side. There is a thrust washer between the steering shaft and the housing, they usually get gummy after time. Once you get the steering loosened up, grease frequently.
Steve Leone posted 06-03-2002 12:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
torch it. seriously. get a propane torch and heat the heck out of it. good idea to diconnect the gas when doing this and try not to cook any rubber or plastic. the heat will draw the grease up. move it back and forth while doing this, steve out. ps you might need a big propane torch, watch out with oxy-acete, it gets real hot if you leave it in on place. don`t wan`t to melt any castings!
John O posted 06-05-2002 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
just torched the tube on my 88 Newtauk. Motor was not sliding down and could not manually pull up. I put propane torch on it and sprayed steel shaft with wd 40 and lubed the two fittings it took time but motor slides down and i can pull the Johnson 88hp up.while still on trailer in yard. May replace tube with stainless.
Steve Leone posted 06-06-2002 01:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
john, the stainles is a real good idea. i can keep my eye out for a good used one if you like. its easier than most folks think to replace it. heat and a big hammer.... steve out.
e70stuck posted 06-25-2002 09:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for e70stuck  Send Email to e70stuck     
Thank You ! We just ran the boat this weekend and the steering was silky smooth. This forum and the people that contribute are such a great resource. We used a propane torch on the exterior of the steering shaft housing. As we applied the heat, we moved the engine back and forth ( teleflex disconected ) after a while the old grease just broke down and loosened up. We then pumped in some new triple quard and tried to displace as much of the old grease as possible. We also cleaned of the top bushing with penetrating oil and then applied a healthy dose of triple quard. Again I'd like to thank steve leone and dive 1 for your help.

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