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Old 12-10-2010, 09:53 AM   #1
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Default Hard to steer - teleflex rack and pinion

I've got a 98 3.0L mercruiser and it's pretty hard to steer. I greased up the shaft manually, but don't see a zerk fitting anywhere? It looks to be a pretty simple system. Am I not seeing something?

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Old 12-10-2010, 12:31 PM   #2
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1st thing to do is disconnect it from the outdrive and then try turning the wheel to see if it's the steering or the outdrive binding up. If it's still hard to turn, go under the dash and disconnect the cable from the rack or the rotary helm and see if the steering frees up. That will tell you if its the cable (more likely) or the helm gear.

If its easy to turn as soon as you disconnect from the outdrive, then its something in your outdrive binding.

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Old 12-16-2010, 08:36 AM   #3
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Great advice KCHASE now to take it one step further.
If you find that it is the cable that is bad find the part number that has been heat stamped into the black plastic jacket of the cable a few feet from one end. Most times it is just down from the rack.
If you have a Teleflex cable the part number will be around the cable jacket from where you see the name Teleflex stamped.
Teleflex rack cables start with the letters SSC then there will be 5 numbers after the C 1-3 are the base number of the cable (must get the same cable) the 4th and 5th number are your cable length in feet.
Take that number to your local marine reatiler for a replacement cable.
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