Join Date: Jun 2000
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wheel steering repair
This may be your opportunity to go on that diet you''ve always been meaning to start. If it''s a standard style pedestal with a chain drive leading to wire steering cables, you do NOT want to remove the pedestal. Doing that will keep you from being able to figure out what''s loose, because the whole assembly will be loose. Getting the pedestal back together with a watertight base (the way it was originally) is also not easy. The problem is probably a turnbuckle back by the quadrant that''s had the cotter pin wear or fall out, and simply needs tightening. Another possibility is a sheave that''s out of place. You may be able to see this by using a mirror on a stick, and following the cable. If it''s not that, it could be play between the rudderstock and the quadrant. This latter problem isn''t likely, since the rudderstock is probably stainless, and the quadrant is probably aluminum, and the two are probably quite corroded together by now. (Ours was - we ended up having to cut it off with a sawzall to fix our rudderstock stuffing box. It is tight back there in most boats -- that''s just part of sailing.