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Steering cables frozen.....again!

Jeff Cox

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Chaparral
Year
2015
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VRX
Boat Length
22
Hi all,
Wondering if anyone else is having this problem. 2015 223 VRX....EVERY spring my steering cables are frozen and I can't turn the wheel. My dealer says that near every Vortex he sells have frozen steering cables in the spring. I followed the recommendations for lubricating, I pay for winterizing and this year I went out every month and went under the covers and turned the wheel back and forth...and yet, it's frozen again.
The 5 year "peace of mind" extended warranty that was included when I bought the boat specifically excludes steering cables. I have to call Chaparral every spring and argue my point and they "good faith" me the cable, but I have to pay the $275 labor. To me there is a problem. Wanted to see if others have problems....I know the newer boats are fly by wire so this only affects those of us that took a risk and bought early generation Vortex boats.
 

Vandyman

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Chaparral
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2015
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VRX
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I have the exact same boat but have had no issues at all with steering since new.... extremely easy to turn. I boat only in fresh water but have not even serviced the steering cables.
 

Compatico

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2020
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Limited S
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Hi all,
Wondering if anyone else is having this problem. 2015 223 VRX....EVERY spring my steering cables are frozen and I can't turn the wheel. My dealer says that near every Vortex he sells have frozen steering cables in the spring. I followed the recommendations for lubricating, I pay for winterizing and this year I went out every month and went under the covers and turned the wheel back and forth...and yet, it's frozen again.
The 5 year "peace of mind" extended warranty that was included when I bought the boat specifically excludes steering cables. I have to call Chaparral every spring and argue my point and they "good faith" me the cable, but I have to pay the $275 labor. To me there is a problem. Wanted to see if others have problems....I know the newer boats are fly by wire so this only affects those of us that took a risk and bought early generation Vortex boats.
If you boat in salt water and even if you wash and flush thoroughly, I believe the steering cables can get salt inside the sheaths. Someone posted about this type of issue recently...

...ok found it I think:

 

Beachbummer

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Houston TX
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Yamaha
Year
2008
Boat Model
SX
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23
I had success with adding a rubber bellow filled with grease in the rear, using zip ties to secure it. You have nothing to lose if you want to try something different. Something like this...

This was on an older jet boat, and I sold it 2 years in after I installed it, so not sure how much it helped, but worked great while I had it.
 

Julian

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I know the newer boats are fly by wire so this only affects those of us that took a risk and bought early generation Vortex boats.
Are you sure they put servo motors in for the steering? Typically all they do is electronic throttles...not heard of a jet boat with e-steering?
 

geierb387

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Challenger
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They are not using electronic steering, electronic control is just for the throttle. That said, the steering cable issue was a problem for a few on Sea Doo boats (similar power and steering system many year back). I am surprised it has not been 100% corrected, at the same time it could be an isolated case as things happen. I use a lubricant several times a season on everything that is submerged. I prefer Sea-Doo lube, it's expensive but I never had an issue using it on my 2010 Sea Doo Challenger and I will continue to use it on my Chaparral.
 
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