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  • Very Stiff Steering

    I have a 2001 ProStar 209. The steering seems to be getting harder and harder to turn...to the point where it takes two hands and a lot of effort to turn around.

    I have heard that I may need to replace the steering cable, or that I could just need to grease it. If I were to try to grease the cable where are the grease fittings? Is there anything else I can try? Is there any point in messing with it, or should I just replace the cable?

    Thanks

  • #2
    If you don't have a owners manual, you can go to www.mastercraft.com, knowledge center, owners manual and find the zerk locations in about anyone of them. Look in year 2000, page 55.
    Last edited by TMCNo1; 06-07-2007, 10:50 PM.
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    • #3
      if you haven't greased it, that is probably why it got the way it is

      I would grease it before replacing. On a direct drive, I believe it is under the rear seat somewhere, near the rudder.
      2000 ProStar 205V

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      • #4
        While you are at it, please read this thread on the Zerk fittings!
        http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/sh...highlight=zerk
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        • #5
          Good luck and if youhave questions feel free to ask!
          Last edited by TMCNo1; 06-07-2007, 11:05 PM.
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          • #6
            If it is already stiff, there is no saving it......you need a new steering cable.

            Sorry for the bad news, but its the truth
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            • #7
              water in the cable line! I took mine into the mech. due to all the hours that it takes to fix. (my time plus knuckles = pay them on this one.) Sorry mate but i had my boat back in a day and man WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! cost was a little steep but like i said had it back in a day. Had I of done it, it would have easily been 4! good luck
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              • #8
                that is definately a maintainence item... grease fittings.

                I don't suppose you do alot of power turns do you?

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                • #9
                  The steering on my 97 205 was stiff but cleared right up after greasing the cable and the rudder shaft. The zerk on the top of the rudder shaft was rusted shut so I guess the previous owner never serviced it. I had to unbolt the rudder zerk and soak it in parts cleaner to free it up. Works great now.

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                  • #10
                    I tried greaseing everything...it did not help at all. One thing I did notice, when I was squeezing grease into the rudder shaft grease fitting, it was very hard to squeeze the grease gun handle. I doubt whether or not any grease actually got into the fitting. Is this sign of something wrong in the rudder shaft? I will take the fitting off tonight and clean it, but if I do that and then greasae again, and still there is no improvement, do I have to replace the cable?

                    I don't understand why a cable would fail. What about having and old cable will make the steering stiff? The calbe seems like the last thing that would go. How Do I know that I don't have a problem in the rudder seal/shaft or in the linkage in front of the rudder or in the rack at the steering wheel?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rpliska
                      I tried greaseing everything...it did not help at all. One thing I did notice, when I was squeezing grease into the rudder shaft grease fitting, it was very hard to squeeze the grease gun handle. I doubt whether or not any grease actually got into the fitting. Is this sign of something wrong in the rudder shaft? I will take the fitting off tonight and clean it, but if I do that and then greasae again, and still there is no improvement, do I have to replace the cable?

                      I don't understand why a cable would fail. What about having and old cable will make the steering stiff? The calbe seems like the last thing that would go. How Do I know that I don't have a problem in the rudder seal/shaft or in the linkage in front of the rudder or in the rack at the steering wheel?

                      The fitting on the rudder port only allows enough grease to fill in between the (2) O-rings, (1) @ the top and (1) @ the bottom to lube it and help seal water out. Maybe only 1/2 to 1 squeeze is all it will take.
                      As far as the cable going bad, if anytime water has been allowed to set in the bilge or if the boat runs with any amount of water in the bilge that the pump did not remove, that water sloshing around in the rear portion of the bilge can enter, corrode and ruin a cable over the years.
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                      • #12
                        And is the cable being corroded the most common sorce of stiff steering? Not the other components?

                        If so, does anyone have a detailed description of how to replace the cable? I would like to get it done by my dealer, but they cannot get it in for another month, so it looks like I am on my own.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rpliska
                          And is the cable being corroded the most common sorce of stiff steering? Not the other components?

                          If so, does anyone have a detailed description of how to replace the cable? I would like to get it done by my dealer, but they cannot get it in for another month, so it looks like I am on my own.

                          Disconnect on both ends, tie a cord, ski rope or some type of strong pull string on one end (your choice), and pull it out leaving the rope in it's place, then reconnect new cable and pull it in with the rope and reconnect. That's the simple/short version, someone may have a better way.
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                          • #14
                            OK. I got the old cable out, thanks for the tip with tying on a pull string.
                            My dealership is closed here today, but when I get a new cable, will it come with everything or do I have to order the steering rack and rudder connection seperately?

                            Is there a place to order parts online? My dealership takes forever to get anything.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rpliska
                              OK. I got the old cable out, thanks for the tip with tying on a pull string.
                              My dealership is closed here today, but when I get a new cable, will it come with everything or do I have to order the steering rack and rudder connection seperately?

                              Is there a place to order parts online? My dealership takes forever to get anything.

                              You probably only need the cable assembly as that is what is binding up, no need for a steering box or rudder assembly, unless the cable doesn't do the job. You can go to www.mymc.com, Jim@ BAWS or Eric (Erkoehler) @ Chicago Mastercraft or go to www.skidim.com or tomorrow, call them @ 1-803-345-0996 and talk to Richard or Vince. I would talk to them first to sure and eliminate any guesswork online.
                              Last edited by TMCNo1; 06-10-2007, 04:06 PM.
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