Originally Posted by MichaelB1969
Just curious if anyone knows what might have happened. I just got my autopilot pump replaced and they also replaced the steering fluid and bled the system.
When I got to the boat yesterday and went to leave the dock, the steering wheel at the lower helm wouldn't turn. I used some force and it turned a bit with some lumpy resistance. Then a little more, still with quite a bit of resistance. Then all of a sudden it loosened up and acted normal for the rest of the day.
Yep, it's either the steering helm or the hydraulic cylinder (at the rudder) that has failed, and most likely the helm. (unless there's something physically blocking the cylinder.
Yep, there's probably some rust or wear in the steering helm (the "hub" part behind the steering wheel that the hydraulic lines go into.) They can be rebuilt for about $350. Here's a place that does it. He's also an expert on these things and diagnose the problem: Boat Steering Solution, Tim Howard, Owner, 941-484-6060, Venice, FL.