Replacing steering cable
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Posted on Tuesday May 15, 2007 at 9:31 PM  

I can barley turn my boat left these days and broke down and ordered a new steering cable. I've pretty much do all the work on my boat but never replaced the rack and pinion steering before. Is this pretty much a straight foward installation? Anything I should know before hand?

Also my boat has a ton of hours on it...runs great but the compression is only around 90 psi in all cylinders. I also do quite a bit of trolling with this motor which I know is not good for a 2 stroke building up too much carbon. I read your post about spraying deep creep into the spark plug holes after the motor has reached normal operating temp. How much do you recommed spraying into each hole and any other helpful hints.

Posted on Wednesday May 16, 2007 at 8:42 AM  
its easy. just make sure you measure the steering line before you order a new one!!
Posted on Wednesday May 16, 2007 at 4:14 PM  
Check the teeth before you put the new cable on the pinion. Turn the wheel with cable off and watch the pinion and make sure it is still turning true. Really all it is four 7/16 bolts on the rack and pulling the cable out of the tube. Also make sure you replace the bushings in the tube so water won't get in. Most of the time you can save the old ones if there is no signs of water in the tube when you pull the cable.

You can use either deep crep or seafoam in the cylinder they are the same thing. The most important part is the gallon of gas with the can of sea foam. I really don t measure it but usually about a 5-1000 count is good. Or you can go less and do it twice. I dont think trolling is all that bad on these motors just always keep a can of sea foam in your tank and you will not have to worry so much about carbon. I have a twenty gallon tank on my boat and I run a can in every tank.
Posted on Wednesday May 16, 2007 at 4:43 PM  
Thanks Beans,

I run Lucas upper cyc fuel treatment in my gas all the time. It's does the same basic things that seafoam does, but a quart treats like 100 gallons and is a little cheaper. I think it helps but wanted to do some sort of shock treatment to try and increase my psi a little bit more. Thanks for the info on the steering cable also, measured it twice before I ordered it...sounds like a easy fix.

Thanks again
Posted on Thursday May 17, 2007 at 9:51 PM  
I did not say this but lucas is a better choice. Not just the money but the make up and a totally different science then sea foam. Not to get long winded but when I say I use sea foam I am saying I am using a treatment. You are the first one that has ever said they use lucas as an treatment in an outboard, to me anyways. I think lucas is a great additive for fuel but not as a carbon combuster if combuster is a word. You still need to clean the carbon with the sea foam but there will be less since you use lucas as an additive. The back of my pick up looks like a lucas recycling center I really believe in that stuff. Not in the newer outboard !!! but I have non of those.
Posted on Friday May 18, 2007 at 7:22 AM  
It's good to hear that somneone else besides me and my buddy use it in their outboards also. I notice that it keeps my carbs super clean along with being a pretty good fuel stabilizer. My boat never sets for too long but never had any problems with the carbs. I use it my cars and lawn equipment also.
Posted on Friday May 18, 2007 at 5:06 PM  
I use it in my truck along with the oil stabilizer. Runs good with a 193,000 miles on it. Think Im gonna start usin it in my boat.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 5, 2007 at 6:43 PM  
I love my boat again. No more poyeye arms needed to steer the boat.
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