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Power Steering Cylinder Leaking

Discussion in 'Boating & Fishing' started by Jason'sLawnCare, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. Jun 17, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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    Jason'sLawnCare

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    Hi guys,

    I have a 17ft bowrider with a Volvo penta 4.3. It has the power assisted steering and the cylinder is leaking steering fluid. I have yet to decide how I want to go about fixing it but I was curious if you knew if I could run it with out the power assisted steering. I want to use it this weekend. I could just take the belt off and not drive the pump. I don't think I could hurt anything but I want to run it by you guys. I can't imagine the steering being that hard anyways. I mean there was once a time that boats didn't have all the fancy stuff to break. Anyways here's the steering system I have.

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    Thanks
     
  2. Jun 17, 2010 at 9:47 AM
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    If I had to guess, you could probably run without the pump. It might be a little hard to steer while moving but as long at you are careful you should be ok. Depending on how much it is leaking couldn't you just fill the power steering pump reservoir and keep an eye on to make sure it doesn't go emplty. GL
     
  3. Jun 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM
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    Thanks for your help. It's a decent leak. Also I saw it smoke up a little because I think it dripped on the risers so I don't want to take a chance with that either.
     
  4. Jun 17, 2010 at 10:19 AM
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    ^ Take the belt off and putt around in the no wake zone to see if you can still steer before you get too far away from the ramp.
     
  5. Jun 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM
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    Good idea.
     
  6. Jun 17, 2010 at 2:27 PM
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    There, that was killing my neck

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  7. Jun 17, 2010 at 2:28 PM
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    haha. Thanks. That's just how my phone took it then I uploaded it directly to twlive otherwise I would have rotated it.
     
  8. Jun 17, 2010 at 2:33 PM
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    Here's the thing; if the cylinder seal is blown as you said, it will still leak when the rod moves back and forth. I would also suggest disconnecting the cylinder in the retracted position.
     
  9. Jun 17, 2010 at 2:37 PM
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    You still think it will leak without any pressure? That was a concern of mine. That's a good idea to disconnect it though. I'm going to have to do it anyway when I fix it.
     
  10. Jun 17, 2010 at 2:41 PM
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    You will create flow by moving the cylinder. Yes, it will still leak, just not as bad. Test this buy turning you wheel with the motor off.
     
  11. Jun 17, 2010 at 2:51 PM
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    I just did that and it didn't seem to leak anymore.
     
  12. Jun 17, 2010 at 2:55 PM
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    That's good, but when you get out there and test the steering on the water keep an eye on it.
     
  13. Jun 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM
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    As a fellow boater you'll have to let me know if you can actually run the boat w/o power steering. So if this ever happens to me I'll know. THANKS
     
  14. Jun 18, 2010 at 10:41 AM
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    I don't have a doubt it can't be run my concern is further damage. I think I'll just order the part online and fix it before I potentially push my luck. I can make it a beach weekend if my parents want to go.

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  15. Jun 18, 2010 at 1:00 PM
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    ^ Better to be safe than sorry, its not worth causing more problems.
     
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