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brian donahue posted 06-22-2003 11:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for brian donahue   Send Email to brian donahue  
My steering is frozen on a 70 hp Evinrude. Boat was last used in salt water was fresh water rinsed & sprayed with lightweight oil before storage inn Ohio since 1/10/03. Steering is frozen, can't budge at wheel or at motor. Any thoughts, or advice on how to disassemble
Jamie 20 outrage posted 06-23-2003 12:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jamie 20 outrage  Send Email to Jamie 20 outrage     
You dont say what kind of steering it is, so I am going to assume that it is teleflex. Again, I am going to assume that the engine is centered. First spray the part of the steering tube that is sticking out the port side of the tilt tube with some rust buster. I only like PB Blaster. Then with someone keeping moderate pressure on the wheel as if trying to make a left hand turn, I would hit the end of the of the teleflex steering cable with at least a 2 pound sledge hammer. Dont use a regular hammer and dont be shy.
bothedog posted 06-27-2003 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for bothedog  Send Email to bothedog     
Same problem with my 70 Johnson. For years, regardless of the efforts at winterization time, I would need to loosen the steering as described above. Worked every time. Make sure whoever is at the wheel is not turning too hard as you can strip the cable portion that runs into the wheel.

Eventually replaced my entire cable because the piston was getting pitted. Not a real big job other than loosening the motor to raise above the rear end in order to extract the old tube and insert the new tube. About the most difficult part was getting the old tube out.

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