Hydraulic steering
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Posted on Sunday Jul 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM  
I went to the river yesterday and put my boat in. I noticed that i could turn the motor to the right pretty easy but if i turned left i had to the crank the steering wheel alot to get it to move an inch. How can i fix this? it is Hydraulic steering can i add fluid how do i add fluid sorry new to this first boat i owned that has Hydraulic steering. i posted a pic so you can see what i have.
Posted on Sunday Jul 14, 2013 at 4:25 PM  
I don't know what your issue is - but in regards to filling - your system looks like what I have on my boat. On top of my steering console there's a small (nickel sized) round looking plug. When it's unscrewed, you can add the fluid there. It's my guess it's located there, because that's the highest point in the lines. I would guess your fill port would be somewhere close to the highest point in the lines, also. Good luck.
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Posted on Sunday Jul 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM  
On your steering column, top side, there will be a port with a black plug - before you pull that plug make sure your steering wheel has been cranked as far as it will go on the side giving you problems (in other words the steering cylinder is fully retracted) - pull the plug - you can use Dexron II ATF fluid in place of the seastar branded - fill s SYRINGE with a flexible tube on end and start SLOWLY injecting fluid - when its full to the plug level, VERY slowly turn your steering wheel in the opposite direction to take in fluid - once you can add more do so - when you get to dead center, reinstall the plug and turn the cylinder back to full travel - repeat these steps until you have removed all the air in the lines - if you do this SLOWLY and carefully you won't have to bleed the line at the cylinder - you need to check your end caps on the steering cylinder to make sure you aren't leaking I don't like Seastar golden fluid because there is no dye to tell you when its leaking - check all your fittings and hoses back to the steering pump for leaks - your helm is nothing more than a mechanical pump which drives the steering cylinder - make SURE that the o-ring on the bottom of the fill plug is good- or you will be getting air or leaking there too - you can mix the two oils(some say its a no-no) but never had problems on my boats. If you turn the wheel too fast with the cap off you will be spewing oil in a geyser !!!
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Posted on Monday Jul 15, 2013 at 8:16 AM  
Thanks Tony. I will have to find me a syringe that is big enough..
Posted on Monday Jul 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM  
Try a turkey Baster
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Posted on Thursday Aug 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM  
Just would like to say thank you guys for your help.  Did exactly like you said and this fixed my issue.
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