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Old 06-05-2011, 06:37 AM
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Default How do you "Bleed the AIr" out of a Bay Star Steering System

I noticed last week that the Oil in my Hydraulic Steering was very low. I have checked all of the fittings and found where the leak was. My question is, after I refill the resovoir on the "steering colum", how do I bleed the air out of the entire system? I have a single OB " Bay Star" engine set up.

Also, do I have to use the "Sea Star" Brand of oil $24 a quart or can I use "Quick Silver"????


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Bay Star has a web-site that tells you exactly how to bleed the system. You can buy a the fluid and bleed kit together in a package. The directions on how to bleed is in the package. I wouldn't think it makes any difference who's fluid you use.
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I've been using automatic transmission fluid for years.
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Usually its no more complicated than steering from one extreme to the other a few times, same as bleeding an auto steering system, they're self bleeding.
Keep topping up as air comes out until it takes no more.
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Here is a link to the Teleflex manuals area on their website. Just click on the exact model baystar you have and you have a full manual with the necessary instructions and info on alternate fluids.

http://www.teleflexmarine.com/suppor...ation-manuals/
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Usually its no more complicated than steering from one extreme to the other a few times, same as bleeding an auto steering system, they're self bleeding.
Keep topping up as air comes out until it takes no more.

Boat hydraulic steering is NOT self-bleeding like an automotive power steering. There are bleed valves and a specific procedure as has been indicated above.
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^^^what he said^^^
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thanks guys for the help.... Now, where can I find the little hose and adaptor to fill??
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thanks guys for the help.... Now, where can I find the little hose and adaptor to fill??
West Marine or any marina should have the hose and adapter. Buy the hose you use on the bleeder valves from Home Depot.
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if you have 'ups n downs' in your steering lines or they are LONG or big(1/2")

spin wheel FAST n cut bottom out of fill qt. n use as a funnel n pour quickly.

do not buy that 800$ bleeder pump unles u don't have 2 friends to help u or u bleed systems everyday.
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oooh, and transmission fluid makes the wheel alittle 'heavy' feeling since it is thicker.......and for sea star guys on big boats flushing out moisture every ten years buy hydraulic fluid from autoparts store at 42$/5 gal instead of over priced stuff at west marine.
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