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Old 06-09-2021, 11:27 AM
jemaresh jemaresh is offline
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Question X45 hard to steer

My 2005 X45 (390 hours) has developed a steering problem. The wheel has quite a bit of play yet requires almost 2 hands to turn lock to lock. I saw in the forum that some Mastercrafts have a zerk fitting on the rudder mechanism, others do not. If mine has a Zerk fitting, would greasing it solve the problem? I suspect that I need to replace the steering cable but I am having trouble finding the correct part number. I think it is #100861P (19 foot long). Does anyone have any suggestions? Also any pictures or videos on replacing the cable would be a great help!
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Old 06-09-2021, 11:44 AM
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19 sounds short for an X45, I'd guess it'd be more like a 21'.

From your description it sounds like you'll need the cable anyhow so while you are waiting for the cable to come in you should start figuring out if you want to do the task. Its harder on a V-Drive but the process is the same, find the cable at both ends. Remove it from the helm, remove it from the rudder. Securely tape a rope to the old cable and pull the cable out which pulls the rope in. Then you untie the rope and attach it to your new cable and pull it backwards.

Beyond that its mostly just finding where the cable was ziptied (if it was) and figuring out if your boat needs anything else removed to gain access like floor panels or parts of the dash.
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Old 06-09-2021, 11:54 AM
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I also found a 24 ft cable #100863 but thought that would be too long since the helm is about 1/3 of the way back from the bow. Thanks for your installation suggestions!
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Old 06-09-2021, 02:21 PM
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Ya you do not want to guess you need to get the correct cable.

Too short obviously doesn't work but too long causes a bunch of problems you can't just bend the cable into a U to take up the space or it ruins the steering it has to be just long enough to not need extra bends.

Depending where in the midwest, if IL call The Liquid Edge, if MI call Action.
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Old 06-09-2021, 05:31 PM
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Pull the rudder and clean the old grease out. Then add new grease and reinstall. You can do this for next to nothing and then test it out.
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Old 06-10-2021, 09:34 AM
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Didn't some X45's come with hydraulic power steering??
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Old 06-10-2021, 11:25 AM
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Didn't some X45's come with hydraulic power steering??
Salt water edition should have non-powered hydraulic steering - basically the helm instead of being a rack is a mechanical hydraulic pump so as you spin it oil moves into and out of a hydraulic cylinder mounted to the rudder.

Powered hydraulic steering is almost exclusively used on BIG outboards and Stern drives where you have to fight the mechanical force of the helm.
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