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Old 09-29-2018, 06:11 PM
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My boat has two helm stations, the cockpit unit is only about 10 inches higher than the wheel house unit; there is a clear compensating line between the two and there appears to be a decent size air bubble in the compensating line.

I have been struggling with bleeding air out of the system and trying to correct sloppy steering but I can’t find anywhere if it’s OK to have air in the compensating line.

is it OK to have air in the compensating line?
Old 09-30-2018, 05:19 AM
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doesn't sound that way;
Seastar install instructions:

NOTES:
a) A compensating line is required between helm stations or the helm and autopilot power pack.
b) All hoses should be routed with a gradual rise (particularly the compensating line) so that air will not be trapped in the lower helm station.


Btw there are vented & non-vented helm filler plugs -
lower helm gets non-vented, upper gets a vented plug
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Solved!

Today with the help of a 12-year-old I accomplished what three different boat mechanics didn’t.
I hooked up my purge fittings and within 30 minutes cleared about 5” (size of bubble in clear tubing) of air from each helm. My compensating line is set up like a roller coaster so there is a tiny bit of stray air for me to remove but I’ve got virtually all of it out and the steering is rocksolid.

Called this company to ask a question and Tyler couldn’t have been more helpful and even said I could call over the weekend if I ran into a problem.
https://outboardst.com/products/bubb...-and-purge-kit

88 bucks and 30 minutes, no cut bottles, zero mess and no wasted oil.
Awesome.
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Originally Posted by StandingSeam View Post
Solved!

Today with the help of a 12-year-old I accomplished what three different boat mechanics didn’t.
I hooked up my purge fittings and within 30 minutes cleared about 5” (size of bubble in clear tubing) of air from each helm. My compensating line is set up like a roller coaster so there is a tiny bit of stray air for me to remove but I’ve got virtually all of it out and the steering is rocksolid.

Called this company to ask a question and Tyler couldn’t have been more helpful and even said I could call over the weekend if I ran into a problem.
https://outboardst.com/products/bubb...-and-purge-kit

88 bucks and 30 minutes, no cut bottles, zero mess and no wasted oil.
Awesome.
Thanks I'm buying that!

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