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sneuman



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Location: Bangkok, Thailand

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:52 am    Post subject: Stiff steering Reply with quote

The steering seems quite stiff on my new (old) tayana 37. Any thoughts on how to remedy this?
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hjkarten
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
What type of steering do you have? Worm Gear? Tiller? Pedestal?
If you have pedestal:
1) Make sure that the wheel brake lock is not tightened down
2) Is there anything blocking the free movement of the rudder quadrant itself? Look around the lazarette.
3) Are there any wires inside the pedestal that might be snaring on the cable/chain?
4) How much tension do you have on the cables. You should be able to deflect the wire cable about 1"
5) Have you checked the condition of the sheaves?
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Harvey
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Rich Hampel



Joined: 15 Aug 2005
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Location: Chalfont Pennsylvania

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Assuming a chain/quadrant steering system -

Remove the compass and top of the binnacle. .... Regrease/lubricate the bearing (not a bearing, just a 'tube' .... on the top chain sprocket.

Remove, grease, etc. the large sheeve axels that contain/re-direct the cable below decks. Realign the sheeves so that the cable does not 'rub' in the sheeve grooves when the sheeves are turning.

If necessary adjust the height of the quadrant on the rudder shaft so that the cable does not 'impinge'/rub on the sides of 'quarter sheeve' of the quadrant. (inspect the quadrant hub for cracks while you're there).

Replace the packing inside the packing gland on the rudder shaft ... with GFO packing.
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mikehirko



Joined: 21 Jan 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:10 am    Post subject: Stiff Steering Reply with quote

All previous suggestions are good ones. Another one is to position yourself under the pedestal steering and look UP to see if the cables are properly separated or rubbing against each other. I just did that on my V-42 and found the cables against one another. It is a simple fix. Just unbolt the cables, move the deflected cable around the other and reinstall the cables to the SAME locations they came from. One last word to the wise; my steering wasn't hard at all...I just noticed the discrepancy while stringing some electrical wires.
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hjkarten
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good points.
Please consider posting same messages on our new Google Groups website. EMail distribution of messages is working well, and elicits more immediate interactions from our members.
regards and many thanks for your postings
Harvey
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