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Old 12-15-2019, 07:11 AM
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Default Removing uflex steering cylinder

I got all the bolts off pretty easy - how do I get the end caps to come off? Is this just a long through bolt? Do I need one of those pullers to pop it off?




Old 12-15-2019, 07:19 AM
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Here you go.


Old 12-15-2019, 07:22 AM
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Any other way to do it.... since I didn't buy the tool... Picture 1 - what are those metal braces with the open hole? There was one on both side of the starboard engine and none on the port. Are they used to help pull the arms off?
Old 12-15-2019, 08:51 AM
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Every boat owner should have a puller. Check out Harbor Freight for a cheap universal puller and use that. If that is too much trouble use your rubber mallet and bang on those horns for a couple of minutes. Maybe squirt some penetrating oil like Liquid Wrench on the frozen areas and let it soak over night. If you don't have some of the basic stuff like a puller, mallet and penetrating oil maybe you should give up DIY repairs. Or, get them.
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I usually have to add some heat, then back off on both nuts on the opposite side, thread the nuts back on the side you’re taking off, and beat like crazy with a mallet
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Originally Posted by Butch Davis View Post
Every boat owner should have a puller. Check out Harbor Freight for a cheap universal puller and use that. If that is too much trouble use your rubber mallet and bang on those horns for a couple of minutes. Maybe squirt some penetrating oil like Liquid Wrench on the frozen areas and let it soak over night. If you don't have some of the basic stuff like a puller, mallet and penetrating oil maybe you should give up DIY repairs. Or, get them.
i do have a puller. But there isn’t enough to bite on here. I guess that’s why the marine one is fixed spacing...
Old 12-16-2019, 08:39 AM
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Consider a universal puller with wide adjustability ranges. They are designed to be useful in many applications. Have you seen the assortment at Harbor Freight?
Old 12-21-2019, 12:11 PM
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I swapped the caps. Once I got it off it was easy. Next question - there is a bit of play in my steering cylinder (as you can see in the attached video). The port engine has no play. How do I tighten this up?

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That's a pretty brief video but it looks like you may need to check all your connections for proper torque.

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