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Old 06-22-2016, 12:50 PM   #1
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Steering Fluid

I was shocked @ $20 a quart for hydraulic fluid for my Teleflex steering system. That price makes NO sense. I went to search and a string dated 2012 discussed various requirements and ISO specs and they are all met by Phillips 66 XC an aviation hydraulic fluid. $6.50 per quart at a local aircraft repair-supply facility.

Do you guys get as sick of being screwed as I do
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:21 PM   #2
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Pretty sad when "marine" stuff is higher than aviation stuff.
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:30 PM   #3
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Didn't know about aviation supplies, of if I could get them here.
Cost $35 per litre for the steering fluid.
Hydraulic 5w only available in 20L (5 gal.) pails,usually on special order.

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Old 06-22-2016, 02:05 PM   #4
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You can find the stuff on Amazon but you may have to buy a gallon.
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Old 06-22-2016, 03:32 PM   #5
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If you check the specs, you can match it to a tractor hydraulic oil. Many small marine engines also have a tractor or industrial use. Tractor supply stores are much cheaper than a marine store. Also check Amazon and Ebay.
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Old 06-22-2016, 06:41 PM   #6
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Sorry but for $20 (2 boat dollars ) the convenience totally out ways the search and driving around .My time on the boat is worth more than the worry .

It reminds me of a chap I know who complained his new $10 Kmart toaster only lasted 9 months on his $2 million boat and he would buy all his supply's at Aldi and would come down to the marina in his $150000 Merc AGM V8 Turbo bla bla with a boot full of grocery's floating around that he purchased from Aldi which weren't in bags because Aldi don't supply them then take a 1/2 hour stuffing around getting them to the boat while I watched him while having a beer
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Old 06-22-2016, 07:31 PM   #7
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It is about equal distance to West as the airport. Then if you plan ahead Amazon or E Bay will bring it to your door for 1/3 the price. You can also get other lube from those guys..KY jelly for instance, 'Ol Chap!
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It is about equal distance to West as the airport. Then if you plan ahead Amazon or E Bay will bring it to your door for 1/3 the price. You can also get other lube from those guys..KY jelly for instance, 'Ol Chap!


KY god you must be old
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Bough some product from West Marine some months ago to replace steering fluid. Don't recall the cost, but it was much cheaper and the steering is back to original performance.
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Old 06-22-2016, 07:58 PM   #10
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Many tractor supply companies are online. I use Amazon and Ebay so I don't have to leave my boat. I afford my boat and travel by not paying $20 a quart for $20 a gallon oil. I have to be thrifty to do this life.
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KY god you must be old
69 years old..... Sure as hell beats the alternative... Yeah I am old... I retired at 56, gotta live to 96 to get 3 years (started at 16) SS payments for each year in. Seems fair. On my death bed, son says " Paw, they Wantta pull the plug, OK?" "What day of the month is it" I say. "The 28th" he sez. Me, "aww hell, tell em to pump me up for a couppla days....lets get another check".
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Didn't know about aviation supplies, of if I could get them here.
Cost $35 per litre for the steering fluid.
Hydraulic 5w only available in 20L (5 gal.) pails,usually on special order.

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what's a litre? Kindda like a guitar?. Seriously, when I was a kid we in USA had a serious dialog about going metric. We screwed up again.
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