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bspencer posted 08-02-2005 12:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for bspencer   Send Email to bspencer  
Hello, I did some searching before posting and could not find anything. On occasian, ussualy at a really bad time my steering on my 2001 Dauntless 160 will lock up when I approach the dock and drop it into nuetral or reverse. I suspect that there is a conflict between the steering cable and the engine controls.

I figured I would ask around to see if anyone else has experienced this before diving into the problem.
Thanks, Brent

leapin lunker posted 08-11-2005 07:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for leapin lunker  Send Email to leapin lunker     
Had a similar problem on my 15 Dauntlass. Turns out it was corrosion on the cable and needed replacement. Do you use your boat in salt water at all?
bspencer posted 08-16-2005 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for bspencer  Send Email to bspencer     
Yes, mostly saltwater. I will look into the condition of the cable.
prj posted 08-16-2005 05:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
Measure that cable.
I've got a 12' Teleflex Safe-T Q or somesuch,
one weekend's use, just waiting for a new owner on the cheap.
bigjohn1 posted 08-17-2005 02:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Look at the recent thread started by Holy Cow just a few lines down from this thread. Although he has a 170 MONTAUK, you should read that info as some of it very well may apply to your situation. By chance have you recently greased your steering? I ask this as my manual warns to ensure the steering cable is either fully extended or fully retracted (don't have the manual in front of me so I can't recall) when greasing is done. Supposedly, it can create the very symptoms you are having right now if you shoot those zerks when the cable is not in the correct orientation.
bspencer posted 08-17-2005 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for bspencer  Send Email to bspencer     
Thanks for the lead on the grease. Since I bought the boat about six months ago I do not know about the recent maintenance. It was maintained by the local dealer, but their work is very suspect to me, based on what I have uncovered so far.
bspencer posted 02-22-2006 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for bspencer  Send Email to bspencer     
Update - After living with this problem for a while I have stumbled upon what may be the real culprit to my steering locking up. The other day while trolling on a nice calm lake, I adjusted the tilt on my helm only to have a alarming amount of corroded metal fall out of the tilt mechanism. If that amount of loose metal was in the unit it is no wonder it would lock up. To make a long story short I plan to replace the entire helm, tilt mechanism, and cable. Chuck Bennet at Whaler was great about getting the part numbers for me.


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