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Steering wheel not centered 175 30 Aug 2009 17:54 #1

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before I make a big mess of my steering components i thought i would get some advice. When my out drive is centered to the boat on my 2008 Bayliner 175 the steering wheel is not centered and is tilted to the right about an inch or two. Has anyone taken off their steering wheel before on their 175 and is there any special trick or tool I need to know about?

thanks for any help

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Steering wheel not centered 175 30 Aug 2009 21:45 #2

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The boat will never go straight anyway due to current, wind, and load. I used to do that to make it perfect, now Iam just glad everything runs! Take the nit off and see if its got splines, then rotate to make it perfect.

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Steering wheel not centered 175 31 Aug 2009 02:50 #3

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Could you explain to me what a nit is?

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Steering wheel not centered 175 31 Aug 2009 02:54 #4

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captgeorge;342555 wrote: The boat will never go straight anyway due to current, wind, and load. I used to do that to make it perfect, now Iam just glad everything runs! Take the nit(nUt) off and see if its got splines, then rotate to make it perfect.


Is that better???

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Steering wheel not centered 175 31 Aug 2009 03:01 #5

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sorry - i wasn't being silly i thought nit was a technical term!:)

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Steering wheel not centered 175 31 Aug 2009 03:39 #6

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On my 2000 2455 the wheel was a full half turn off, the front cover unscrews from the back and there is just one nut holding it on. You will find the wheel fits over a cotter key so you can only adjust it so much. It made mine only a 1/4 out but it made me feel better, boat still goes where she wants to! About a 15 minute job.
Have fun. Scottwinter40

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Steering wheel not centered 175 31 Aug 2009 06:48 #7

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If it has splines (doubtful,) it can be adjusted. If it has a key, it cannot be adjusted. Oh, and the key can easily fall to the floor, even when you're positive it's in there, and then a few boat trips later you have no steering. Don't ask how I know this...:o

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Steering wheel not centered 175 01 Sep 2009 02:20 #8

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brundall;342509 wrote: before I make a big mess of my steering components i thought i would get some advice. When my out drive is centered to the boat on my 2008 Bayliner 175 the steering wheel is not centered and is tilted to the right about an inch or two. Has anyone taken off their steering wheel before on their 175 and is there any special trick or tool I need to know about?

thanks for any help


That was one of the first things I had corrected on my 245.

The wheel had a cotter pin which allowed only three positions, so it was useless. However, as far as I could see, the mechanic loosened the bolts holding the rack and pinion together, lifted up the steering shaft, straightened the wheel, and bolted them back together. Of course, this was after he made sure that the wheel allowed the same amount of turn both ways and that the drive was indeed centered.

CE

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Steering wheel not centered 175 01 Sep 2009 02:48 #9

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A centered steering wheel is one of the things I had checked before taking delivery of my new boat four years ago. I know where you're coming from on that item!

May I ask how it became uncentered? Is that common?

Please let us know how thiss comes out for you.

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Steering wheel not centered 175 01 Sep 2009 03:34 #10

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Yes you can change the steering wheel but it probably has a key post as opposed to splines unless they changed them recently.

You can check by simply taking off the wheel cover and loosening the single nut. Look at the pics in my album that show the change over to tilt steering. http://www.baylinerownersclub.org/gallery/album660

Now, you can the wheel orientation by loosening four bolts that hold the rack to the pinion rod underneath the helm dash. Sounds like a one notch adjustment. Make sure the drive is centered and held in place. Mark the wheel post with a visible marker to mark the current center. Then, once the rack is loose, just rotate the wheel spindle in the correct direction until one notch at the gear end has moved. See what you get. Don 't try to move the rack gear. If your happy, bolt the rack back on. Done deal.

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Steering wheel not centered 175 11 Sep 2017 15:17 #11

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do you still have the pictures, I cant seem to look at them.

thanks

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