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Old 01-31-2016, 08:03 AM
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I have a Seastar 2.0 classic tilt helm on my 23 Bluewater. There is a lot of play in the steering wheel which is getting aggravating. I pulled the steering wheel off yesterday and the shaft can easily be moved around. Is this something that can be repaired or am I better of replacing the helm?

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Old 01-31-2016, 09:42 AM
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Make sure it has plenty of fluid in it and no air. If it needs to be repaired there is a place you can send it to, search on here for it. Those helms are pretty expensive new. The problem could be at the motor end.
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If you are talking about side to side movement,There is a bushing around the shaft that wears out on the older ones.Don't know if you can get parts to repair it or not.The newer ones have had a design change from what I understand.
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I understand the parts are no longer available from Seastar. Mine had more play than I felt was reasonable so I took it apart over the week end. After inspection, I' deemed mine safe but it made me uncomfortable with so much play. The bushing inside my housing was worn. I found a reasonable replacement at a hydraulics, fluid repair shop. It iis a Bronze Oilite sleeve that was .75 id. .875 od. And I think 1 1/4 in long and cost all of $1.92. This really tightened it up. Not perfect but great improvement. If you don't like this idea you can get a tilt assembly replacement from Seastar for about $250.00.

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