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DIY Steering Cable Luber

JetPowered

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Yamaha
Year
2008
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Limited
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23
#41
I would up the pressure. 30 psi did nothing for me. It wasn’t until I upped to 60-70 psi that I had slow movement of fluid.
 

Speedling

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Cedar Lake, IN
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Yamaha
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2008
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SS
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21
#43
Wow, 70 psi?!
I bumped to 40 at one point and it started dripping out the one connection so I had to run in there and tighten it up.
I got the plunger part loose from the gate side and worked it in and out. I am getting a lot of white corrosion stuff coming out that is very gritty.
So I plunger it 3 times, wipe it off, repeat repeat.
I got tired, and I wake up at 4 in the morning, so I took my ladder (been working off that because as I pumped air in, and went down, I found I needed the end of the hose/pump up high, then I could disconnect and fill with more oil) and tied the loose end of the hose to the ladder up high so the oil might work it's way down overnight.
I will be at work from 5 am till 5 pm so we'll see if the kids messed it up or not....
I had a hard time getting the oil to just go down the tube as well - had to wrap a paper towel around the hose as I poured and then I used that towel to wipe the white corrosion off at the bottom.
It's getting better, but it's taking a while!
 

the MfM

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2000
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#44
I used a few air hose fittings.

By putting a female coupler on the tubing you can pre fill with oil before attaching to the cable without worrying it will spill. Then a couple male fittings attached together and you can hook it up to your compressor.

I filled the 1/2” tubing to about the 12” mark with ATF. Once it was attached I set the regulator to 50psi and attached the quick connects. Took about 15-20 minutes to push the oil through. I left the air hose connected the whole time.

It went quick enough that it wasn’t wasn’t worth making up a second one.

Went from needing two hands to turn the wheel to finger tip steering

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Speedling

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#45
I had a barbed fitting that didn't do so well over 75 psi. So kept at 60 and worked the back end. Now super smooth!
Except i have to do the other side...
 

Hezi

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Secaucus NJ
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Yamaha
Year
2015
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Limited S
Boat Length
24
#46
Im trying to lube my steering cables from the helm but cables end inside the "steering assy". It's a rectangular part which has a warning not to take it apart or a steering failure may occur. This is on a 15' 242 LS. Any ideas? Anyone lube those cables from the helm and can give pointers on how?
 
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Yamaha
Year
2011
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SX
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21
#47
Great write up. I used the clear hose but put a quick connect on the one end and hooked it to my compressor with 65 psi on it. Once the pressure was on I manually moved the thrusters on the back to actuate the cables. Oiled up in about 10 minutes
 

dirksgoat

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Galveston, Tx
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Yamaha
Year
2007
Boat Model
AR
Boat Length
23
#48
1yr report after doing this. I am glad I did it, got me one more year out of my cables. I just checked them and they are a bit stiff. I pulled them to oil again, and they smoothed out some, but not like a new cable. i was putting around 70-80 psi and also grabbing the bucket end of cable and working it back and forth. took a few hrs for clean oil on both cables. I ordered new cables to put in as soon as i have the time for boating season, but i could definitely get by with this for another.

I will definitely do this every year with new cables. so easy not to.
 
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