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    2000 bayliner Ciara 2455 lx hard steering-gctid727329

    The engine is the mercruiser 5L with alpha drive I/O. The steering wheel is incredibly difficult to turn. It takes both hands to turn her. This is less evident at higher speeds 20+ Kts but still takes some muscle. It's in a wetslip during the summer and on the trailer during winter months. I'm in eastern nc and use her mostly in brackish water but will venture to the ICW once or twice a month. I'm a total novice at boat mech. How costly would it be to have a mechanic find the problem and has anyone ever had this issue? Any advice is appreciated.

    #2
    If she has power assist steering Check the fluid in the power steering pump? Belt tight? If no power assist then maybe time for a new steering cable.
    Dave
    Edmonds, WA
    "THE FIX"
    '93 2556 5.7 Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P
    (.030 over-Vortec top end-part closed cooled)
    The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
    Misc. projects thread
    https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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      #3
      So it begins

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        #4
        Looks like I need to go to boat repair school. Thanks for the post. Have lots to learn. I'll check the it over tonight.

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          #5
          Try greasing these pivot points,

          Corroded guide tube is very common...


          Joon, Kathy, Jaden & Tristan
          Uniflite 42 AC, DD 671N
          93 3058 sold
          92 2855 (day boat)
          91 Fourwinns 205 (lake boat)
          Longbranch WA
          Life is Good

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            #6
            I didn't say thank you...that worked for the season. After storing for the winter I had a new host of issues...gained a lot of experience however after doing a sea trial the steering totally froze up on me the outboard was stuck full port. So I think I need to replace the steering mechanism behind the wheel as well as the cable. Anyone have any ideas or guidance on replacing this (where to order parts, how to work through all the wiring in the dash?)

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              #7
              Your helm unit is toast....and maybe the steering cable. I just had both replaced. The helm unit could not be turned by hand....and there is no way to lube the steering shaft. Cable seemed ok...but I changed it anyway...just because.
              Vic Stewart SN
              Past Commander
              Cape Fear Power Squadron
              Ft Myers Power Squadron
              1998 2859 7.4 L/B2
              Raw water cooled

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                #8
                I figured as much. Did you have to remove all the wiring for the dash or were you able to do it without. I see there are two access points one through the gauge cluster and one under the gauge. If you have any links that would make life easier I would really appreciate it. I'm goomg to study and try to tackle this next weekend. Can you send me the link for the replacement part you used?

                Thanks again.

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                  #9
                  I had the marina do it....I know my limitations...
                  Vic Stewart SN
                  Past Commander
                  Cape Fear Power Squadron
                  Ft Myers Power Squadron
                  1998 2859 7.4 L/B2
                  Raw water cooled

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                    #10
                    Measure the length of your cable if you can't find the info printed on the cables outer jacket. Once you've confirmed the cable length you can order a new kit. Here is one brand, there are others.

                    https://www.wholesalemarine.com/nfb-...FYplfgodrjkNnQ

                    One with a video.

                    http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...FUpNfgod_CsCiA
                    Dave
                    Edmonds, WA
                    "THE FIX"
                    '93 2556 5.7 Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P
                    (.030 over-Vortec top end-part closed cooled)
                    The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
                    Misc. projects thread
                    https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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                      #11
                      Got the helm unit and steering cable out. The teeth on the helm unit were sheered off. I'll keep ya'll posted. If anybody does this job in the future PM me I can tell ya all the lessons it took me hours to learn.

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