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Old 09-07-2013, 05:24   #1
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Carver 3607 Steering...HELP !!!

I will make this as simple as I can, although it does not seem very simple...LOL

Upon spring launch there was no steering, all the wheel did was spin. The mechanic bled the hydraulic system all seemed well.

In the last 3 days of a 2 1/2 week trek on the Trent-Severn Waterway, I noticed fluid coming from the helm just to the rear of the steering wheel. I made it to a marina on Rice Lake but they knew nothing about hydraulic steering and just filled the reservoir, repressurized it and sent me on my way.

I had to make my way home with no rudder control, just trim tabs and engine power. Am I ever glad it is twins.

Upon arriving back at my home marina the mechanic determined it required a seal kit of which he then installed, but.....

Now he can not bleed the system, he says it seems something is blocking the fluid lines and he is recommending I replace the complete helm unit. At the cost of over $1000. because my unit, Hynautic H-50 is no longer made, and he has to replace the piston cylinder as well as the unit.

Any body have any idea about these?


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Old 09-07-2013, 05:47   #2
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Re: Carver 3607 Steering...HELP !!!

Hynautic Helm H-50 RebuildHydraulic Helm Rebuild

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Old 09-07-2013, 06:20   #3
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The leaking seal you describe is a 30 minute job to replace if you have easy access to the helm pump. As for the bleeding, if the seals were changed properly there is no reason the unit should not be bleed able. Unless the bleed fitting on the cylinder are piles of rust, but then just replace those.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:29   #4
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Re: Carver 3607 Steering...HELP !!!

I'm still not sure if you need a new. helm pump. but I am sure you need a new mechanic . the cylinder back at the rudder does not care what style helm pumps the fluid it its way
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I am sure you need a new mechanic .
Completely agree
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Old 12-07-2013, 20:31   #6
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I rebuilt mine 3 years ago, pretty straightforward repair only a few common tools required. Having help to bleed the system helps a lot, rebuild kit was @ $36.00, sounds like your mechanic may not have experience repairing these, good luck.

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