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Old 06-07-2010
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Question stiff controls

I have a yanmar 2gmf inboard diesel with the controls on a edson pedestal. The controls are really stiff (both the throttle as well as the gearing).

Can i lubricate the controls, and with what, and where?

The boat is a C&C 32 from 1982.

Any advice/ideas would be helpful since my wife refuses to drive the boat until she can manipulate the controls (this coming from the woman who can do about 50 more bicep curls than me, but nevermind).
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First thing I'd do is disconnect the controls from the engine and prove whether the 'stiffness' comes from the cable, or the actual engine levers/mechanisms. If the stiffness persists while disconnected from the engine then you know the source. (Apologies if you've already done that)

We did lube our cables some time back once, but I forget what was used. Unfortunately what I do remember is the result was so little friction that the throttle wouldn't stay where it was set.... so lube with caution.
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If the cables are the fault; then, it's best to replace them (not too expensive); however, if you want to lubricate them, I would suggest the "TriFlow" cable lubricant that is available in most bicycle shops. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Edson site has some info on maintenance which includes lubrication of the engine controls. Mine are a bit stiff and its on my list to attend to.
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