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Boat will not steer, wheel spins freely

Anything related to the operation of your boat. Steering, Bilge Pumps, thru-hulls, bottom paint, etc.
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strokerking
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Vessel Info: 1981 Carver Aft Cabin

Re: Boat will not steer, wheel spins freely

Postby strokerking » August 15th, 2013, 4:27 pm

1981 Carver Aft Cabin ~ Fly bridge ~What turns the pump on for the hydraulic steering? Does the ignition turn the electric hydraulic pump on or is it activated by something else? Any help is appreciated.

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1988 Cougar 46 Kevlar Vee offshore
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1964 Barron Flat bottom drag boat
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Re: Boat will not steer, wheel spins freely

Postby waybomb » August 15th, 2013, 4:39 pm

Your steering wheel is connected to it - you turn it when you turn the wheel.

Take a picture of the backside, or just tell us if there is two hoses or three.

Then I can link you to a parts explosion and you'll see what I am talking about.
Thanks
Fred
1964 Barron Flatbottom with BBC Chevy
1969 Glaspar Avalon /1969 Johnson Electromatic 85
1987 Carver Mariner
1988 Cougar Kevlar 46' with triple blown 572s
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Past - 1988 2807, 1989 4207 Aft
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Re: Boat will not steer, wheel spins freely

Postby strokerking » August 16th, 2013, 6:20 pm

I have found the reservoir and the pump. It is a 3 tube hydraulic system. The pump doesn't seem to be coming on. What activates the pump?
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Joined: February 5th, 2013, 9:24 pm
Vessel Info: 1987 3697 Carver Mariner
1988 Cougar 46 Kevlar Vee offshore
1969 15' Glaspar / 1969 Johnson Electrmatic 85
1964 Barron Flat bottom drag boat
A couple of dinghies
Location: Saint Joseph and Trenton, MI
Has thanked: 29 times
Been thanked: 197 times

Re: Boat will not steer, wheel spins freely

Postby waybomb » August 17th, 2013, 7:56 am

If you found a pump, it would be a pump for an autopilot. Do you have, or did the boat have, an autopilot?
The pump only works when you give your vessels control to the autopilot.
The pump that moves the fluid is on your steering wheel.

Verify there is air pressure in the reservoir. There is a valve very similar to a tire valve. Depress it for a second.if air comes out, the gage good. You should some pressure, twenty five is spec I believe.

The bleeding procedure is to turn the steering wheel in one direction at least 75 turns in one direction, or until you get good resistance. Than 75 the other way. This may take five minutes, this may take for hours.
Thanks
Fred
1964 Barron Flatbottom with BBC Chevy
1969 Glaspar Avalon /1969 Johnson Electromatic 85
1987 Carver Mariner
1988 Cougar Kevlar 46' with triple blown 572s
http://s4.beta.photobucket.com/user/waybomb/library/
Past - 1988 2807, 1989 4207 Aft
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strokerking
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Vessel Info: 1981 Carver Aft Cabin

Re: Boat will not steer, wheel spins freely

Postby strokerking » August 17th, 2013, 9:01 am

thank you.I think this will do it .

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