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Old 16-11-2020, 11:46   #1
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Steering wheel slack

Hi guys, I'm looking for any insight on how to tighten the slack in my steering wheel on a 2002 twin-engine, Cruisers yachts 3075.

I'm new to DIY projects on this boat but have had a lot of help and info from this forum. I have an owners manual, but it doesn't help explain the steering mechanics.

All I know is that there is a power assist which comes from the starboard motor.

Should I be looking first at taking the wheel off and getting behind the dash - or bending into a pretzel to access the rear of the engines where the steering cables meet some kind of mechanism which turns the drives?
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Re: Steering wheel slack

So, you have steering.. but you do not state if its: cable, push pull, hydraulic, or what. That makes a difference.

If a cable, you remove the stretch in the cable.

If a "push-pull" cable, you will, most likely, have to buy a new cable because one of the "screws" inside the cable is most likely broken.

If hydraulic, you are most likely low on H-Steering fluid, or have air in the system that needs to be bled out. Now, you said that there was "power assist". Generally, a power assisted steering system is hydraulic. So I would tend to believe that your problem is "air" and low fluid.

But there could be a host of other problems. Try adding fluid and bleeding first.
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Old 16-11-2020, 19:01   #3
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Thx for the reply

Yes, not knowing the kind of steering is my first problem and I was looking for help as to how to ascertain that. Now you've listed the different kinds, I have a start.

I'm going to the boat on Friday, so i'll check as close to the drives as I can get and see if there are cables or any kind of cylinders or valves. Perhaps that info will be a good step in the right direction.
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Old 16-11-2020, 19:15   #4
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Thx for the reply

Yes, not knowing the kind of steering is my first problem and I was looking for help as to how to ascertain that. Now you've listed the different kinds, I have a start.

I'm going to the boat on Friday, so i'll check as close to the drives as I can get and see if there are cables or any kind of cylinders or valves. Perhaps that info will be a good step in the right direction.
Every one of those that I've surveyed had rack and pinion steering. Check your survey report, it should be described in there.
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Thx Boatpoker, I know you've surveyed hundreds of this type of boat, so I'm sure you're right. So, after looking at videos of how rack and pinion works, I'm thinking a good place to start is to find a hydraulic fluid reservoir and check the levels?

Oh, I did check the survey and it didn't mention steering at all! btw - I tried to contact you in march of 2017 to do the original purchase survey, but you were off gadding on the waves down south
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Thx Boatpoker, I know you've surveyed hundreds of this type of boat, so I'm sure you're right. So, after looking at videos of how rack and pinion works, I'm thinking a good place to start is to find a hydraulic fluid reservoir and check the levels?

Oh, I did check the survey and it didn't mention steering at all! btw - I tried to contact you in march of 2017 to do the original purchase survey, but you were off gadding on the waves down south
If I'm correct and it is rack and pinion, it is simply a push/pull cable, there would be no hydraulic reservoir. Check linkage wear in the engine compartment. If it was hydraulic, there would be a hydraulic fluid fill fitting on the steering wheel hub.

It is possible that it is a power assist system. Look at the forward, port side of the port engine (usually) and see if there is a power steering fluid reservoir, just like a car.

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I had a scramble around the engine compartment yesterday and found a power steering filler cap on the starboard engine. Also took a couple of pix of what could be rack n pinion? This was located behind starboard engine.

On a completely different topic Boatpoker, could you tell me what the bottom of Lake Ontario is primarily around the Scarborough to Hamilton area?
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On a completely different topic Boatpoker, could you tell me what the bottom of Lake Ontario is primarily around the Scarborough to Hamilton area?
Lots of shale, not good for anchoring. A few sandy spots for fairweather anchoring. Not too many places I would feel comfortable overnight other than Mendoza Bay, the very north western corner of Burligton Bay Hamilton Harbour) and a few weedy but very well protected areas of Toronto Islands that even in high winds you can be pretty secure.
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