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Hard steering

Anything related to the operation of your boat. Steering, Bilge Pumps, thru-hulls, bottom paint, etc.

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Bill A
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Vessel Info: 2006 sportsmam 220

Hard steering

Postby Bill A » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:45 pm

The hydrolic steering on my 06 220 is hard to turn during docking . Any ideas


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Re: Hard steering

Postby CptBill » Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:38 pm

This mite sound dumb but have you checked the oil level or bleed the system? that's where I'd start
The trouble with trouble is it starts as fun!

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Bill A
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Vessel Info: 2006 sportsmam 220

Re: Hard steering

Postby Bill A » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:50 pm

I was told if there was air in the system the steering wouldn't work at all. The wheel would turn but nothing would happen. Didn't sound right to me but this was from a boat mechanic

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Re: Hard steering

Postby CptBill » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:02 am

No, It's just like being low on power steering fluid in your car' seems to work ok until you have to make tight turns but it's not a belt drive hydraulic pump it's manual
The trouble with trouble is it starts as fun!

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Bill A
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Re: Hard steering

Postby Bill A » Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:37 pm

Thank you for the info I'll try the fluid also I was told the bolt on the tiller could be to tight

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Re: Hard steering

Postby CptBill » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:15 am

Don't forget tube use a marine grease on any lube points
The trouble with trouble is it starts as fun!

Topic author
Bill A
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Joined: Tue May 07, 2019 10:00 am
Vessel Info: 2006 sportsmam 220

Re: Hard steering

Postby Bill A » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:22 pm

One other question does the motor turn all the way to the stops . There is about 2
inch's of space on the piston on either side. Doesn't seem like the motor turning far
Enough feels like it's hitting a stop. Could just be me?

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Re: Hard steering

Postby CptBill » Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:34 pm

I don't remember if there are actual stops on there but I will say the hydraulic ram will only go so far. Can't remember what the angle is but I'll see tomorrow when I go out to clean mine, they should all be fairly similar
The trouble with trouble is it starts as fun!

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Re: Hard steering

Postby Bill A » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:22 pm

Ok thanks

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Re: Hard steering

Postby CptBill » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:58 pm

OK sorry for the delay, they go to about a 45deg angle off the transom on my boat. I'll try to upload a pic but I'm not real sure it's going to work[img][/img
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