Originally Posted by onavegador
Some years ago I had the same on my Contest 42 with Whitlock steering. Turning the wheel was a hard job. After greasing the several universal joints the steering was working fine again.
I had the same problem with a Whitlock Cobra steering when I got an un-noticed leak at the pedestal base. I think what you are referring to are the rod ends on the push/pull rod which are carbon steel
and consequently prone to corrosion
. The rod ends are standard industrial items readily available from bearing service
There is another standard roller bearing in the pinion shaft onto which the wheel bolts. Again, they are standard off-the-shelf items which, being carbon steel
are also prone to corrosion and if unused for a long time may seize. Because it's a single
roller bearing the wheel tends to get a bit wobbly and I removed the locking mechanism and installed another bearing in a machined housing in it's place.