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ShrimpBurrito posted 07-23-2002 11:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for ShrimpBurrito   Send Email to ShrimpBurrito  
I'm in the process of removing all the wood from my 15' SS, and the Teleflex cable passes through a hole in one of the side rails. Without disconnecting the cable somewhere, I can't remove it. I've already removed the console, and thus dismounted the rotary steering mechanism, so that end of the cable is more accessible than the other. However, I've also removed the steering wheel, so turning the shaft is not real easy. Does that cable just pull out of the steering mechanism? More importantly, does it just go right back in? Would it be easier to remove the cable at the engine mount? The nut holding the cable under the console is much less rusty.....

I realize that at some point, like all other machines, it was all parts, but on the back of the unit, it says, "Disassembly of this unit can cause steering failure." Thanks for your help.

where2 posted 07-23-2002 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Even if you already removed the wheel, all you have to do is just slip it back on the keyed helm shaft, and twist it enough turns to spit out the end of the cable. You don't need to put the retaining nut back on the steering wheel for that... You could put a set of vice-grips on the portion below the taper and remove it too, but the wheel was easier since it was keyed, and fits so nice...

Timo posted 07-23-2002 01:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Timo  Send Email to Timo     
Just unscrew the nut at the steering unit and you can pull it slowly away from the cable. Either way, be careful as the steering cable (the actual cable inside the casing) will be covered with grease. I wrapped the cable end in a large plastic bag, secured with rubberbands, for the duration of my console rebuild project.

When ready, the cable just slides back into the steering unit; reattached the steering wheel an spin it to pull the cable tight and retighten the nut.

TightPenny posted 07-23-2002 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
DaveH posted 07-23-2002 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     
You may wish to consider an upgrade at this time to the new Teleflex "Bay-something?" hydraulic system for outboards up to 140Hp @ $650 list. It appears to be a real nice system and very easy to install.
ShrimpBurrito posted 07-25-2002 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Ok, I removed the end connected to the steering wheel fine. I also got the nut off holding the cable at the engine mount, but there is no cable to be seen. There is a shaft that appears to be connected directly to the cable, but that connection appears to be somewhere inside the cable housing. I tried tapping the nut away from the engine, but that only appears to pull the cable-connected shaft out of another shaft in the engine mount. Any suggestions?

Although upgrading to the hydraulic steering is tempting, I think I'm just going to lube the cable for now.

On the topic of lubing a steering cable, here's a tip for doing so on a cable that cannot be removed from the housing (i.e. a big boat). Disconnect cable from both ends, and clamp a mesh-reinforced hose on one end. On the other end of that hose, clamp on a hydraulic pump. An old power steering pump works great as it puts out some decent pressure. Pump in some grease until the reinforced hose bulges a bit. Go drink a few beers, and come back to check that no grease has leaked anywhere. If not, (and there shouldn't be) pump more in until the hose bulges again. Repeat this process until the grease comes out at the other end of the cable housing.

Tom W Clark posted 07-25-2002 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

You can disconnect the steering cable at either end but if you disconnect it at the steering head it will be a greasy mess as Timo describes.

The disconnection of the steering cable at the motor is as easy as removing the steering drag link from the end of the cable (the "shaft" that moves in and out of the tilt tube) and undoing the nut that holds the steering cable to the tilt tube. Once these are disconnected, the entire steering cable slides out as a unit. The "shaft" you describe is integral with the flexible part of the steering cable. There is no way top disconnect it.

On the 15' Whaler you may have trouble getting the steering cable all the way out of the tilt tube because of the curvature and notch in the transom. As I remember from my 15' Striper days, the motor itself needs to have it's mounting bolts loosened. The bolts on the port side need to be loosened more than on starboard so the alignment of the tilt tube will be more in line with the steering cable and it can be pulled out on the inside of the transom notch.

ShrimpBurrito posted 07-26-2002 03:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Tom - Thanks very much for the tip. I tried as you suggested, but you're right, it still had problems coming out. I'm just going to leave it alone since I'm not having problems steering. I just thought I'd lube the cable since I had it disconnected at the other end.
15to17 posted 07-30-2002 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for 15to17  Send Email to 15to17     
Tom et al.:

Thanks for the discussion on removing the steering cable from the motor end of things. I am having some difficulty with the steering on my '86 Montauk with 90 hp Johnson which seems to be related to a lubrication problem at the motor end. Before I attempt to disassemble the steering cable, can anyone tell me whether I will need to loosen the engine mounting bolts in order to remove the steering cable/shaft assembly from the tilt tube on this set-up?

Thanks for any guidance

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