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Steering Wheel Play

kaylix

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I have some play in my steering wheel, but it is frustrating. Is the control box under the helm serviceable ?
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mrcid

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You can tighten up some of the screws in the linkage. Is there too much play in the wheel? (steering wheel moves, but does not move the cable)
 

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kaylix

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There is about 5 degrees of play before the diverter moves. So when I'm cruising I'm constantly moving the wheel to keep tracking in a straight line.
 

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@Bruce do you have any magic tricks up your sleeves ?
 

mrcid

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Sounds like there is excessive play within the gears in the steering box. I had to replace my entire steering box a few years ago because the gears broke. In the new box I got, I still have a little bit of "freeplay" in the steering. Not sure if the steering box I got was top of the line, but the gears on it don't mesh 100%. There's still some play. I took it apart and noticed there is a spring washer behind one of the gears and it wasn't pushing the gear into the other gear hard enough to create a full mesh of the gears. There was some spring play, which causes the "freeplay". Anyhow................ I ended up stacking a flat washer behind the spring washer and I get a little bit better meshing of the gears and not as much "freeplay" in the steering wheel.

Hope this wasn't too confusing.

Personally, I think the ones they use on these SS boats are about as low grade and cheap as they get.

I summary: I believe the sloppiness in the steering comes from the two gears in the steering box just don't mesh up tight enough.

This is the type of system that they use: http://turbojetmarineproducts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Tele-Flex-Marine-JBS-Jet-boat-steering-system.pdf

(I'm trying to find a diagram of the gearing inside the box, but no luck)
 

kaylix

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Not confusing, I understand what you're describing.
Every boat I've owned has had this play issue. You'd think they would use really high quality tight parts for a primary system.
It sounds like I can open the box and have a look.
 

mrcid

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Be careful. Taking the box apart is simple. Putting it back together while it's still mounted can be tricky because of the washers needing to be held in place. I used some lithium grease to hold the washers in place.
 

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@mrcid Where are you located? Have you winterized yet?
 

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I'm a just north of Houston near Lake Houston. Have not winterized, yet. Still got a few weeks of boating/fishing left. Then I'll winterize............. to some degree. We really don't have winters here.
 
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