Joined: 05 Sep 2020 Posts: 10 City/Region: Knotts Island
State or Province: NC
C-Dory Year: 2011
C-Dory Model: 19 Angler
Vessel Name: Scuppers
Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:43 am Post subject:
mine was low on fluid, and steering seemed wanderery. I filled a little, ran wheel lock to lock slowly a few times, topped off, repeat. It quit taking any more after about 4 tablespoons. Seems to work great now. Is it likely I bled it? _________________ Pressure busts pipes.
Joined: 01 Nov 2003 Posts: 1002 City/Region: Soldotna
State or Province: AK
C-Dory Year: 2003
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: JMR TOO
Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:07 am Post subject:
mine was low on fluid, and steering seemed wanderery. I filled a little, ran wheel lock to lock slowly a few times, topped off, repeat. It quit taking any more after about 4 tablespoons. Seems to work great now. Is it likely I bled it?
Easy check is, how far you can move the wheel in either direction before the motor moves. Without any air in the system when you move the wheel at all the motor moves. Where did the fluid go that you replaced? I would check the seals at either end of the steering cylinder for any oil, also the shaft the wheel is attached to.
Joined: 02 Nov 2003 Posts: 18418 City/Region: Pensacola
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: thataway
Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:30 pm Post subject:
Most boat hydraulic steering units will loose very small amounts of fluid. If the seals are bad, you should be able to see a leak. I recently had to rebuild my ram seals. The leak was not noticeable at first. I have a feeling that the motor moving when trailering is an issue--forcing pressure back against the seals. I had been keeping the motor all of the way on one side while trailering, after I discovered the minor leak .
When there was enough fluid loss to be really noticeable, with the steering usually the leak is noticeable. I have helms leak and replaced those seals also. Both are fairly easy to do. For the ram, you have to have the correct pin wrench (or make one). The helm, a wheel puller is often necessary.
I have a set of rubber blocks to keep the motor centered and from moving when trailered now. _________________ Bob Austin
Thataway (Ex Seaweed) 2007 25 C Dory May 2018
Thisaway 2006 22' CDory November 2011 to May 2018
Caracal 18 140 Suzuki 2007 to present
Thataway TomCat 255 150 Suzukis June 2006 thru August 2011
C Pelican; 1992, 22 Cruiser, 2002 thru 2006
Frequent Sea; 2003 C D 25, 2007 thru 2009
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