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#10951970 - 07/01/15 05:42 PM Hydraulic Steering....Hard to Turn Left when Trimmed Up
5Redman8 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/15/07
Posts: 2547
Loc: Forney
Keeping this as brief as possible....

Seastar Hydraulic Steering
Ranger Z520
Merc 250 Pro XS
Hydraulic Jack Plate running at 3"

Steering is completely normal while trimmed down at all speeds...and even trimmed up some.

As I trim up to get to full speed(rare but still want everything correct)....the steering wheel is next to impossible to turn left.....turning right is no issue. The trim gauge is near the 1/4 mark.

I cannot see any way the hoses could be binding....fluid at at normal level.

Am I just trimmed too high?

What should I try?


Edited by 5Redman8 (07/01/15 05:43 PM)

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#10952476 - 07/01/15 10:06 PM Re: Hydraulic Steering....Hard to Turn Left when Trimmed Up [Re: 5Redman8]
Bigron119 Offline
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Registered: 06/28/07
Posts: 4109
Loc: Lufkin, TX
Is it a recent change? Has it been ok in the past? If so then you might have a "Air Bubble" in that side or the hose on that side might be clogged?

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#10952829 - 07/02/15 07:33 AM Re: Hydraulic Steering....Hard to Turn Left when Trimmed Up [Re: 5Redman8]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 7743
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Nothing wrong with your Sea Star steering.

This is normal and the higher you raise your motor the worse it will get. Steering torque is caused by the prop rotating partially out of the water. As your speed increases and the hull begins to lift the prop is partially in the water and part out of the water.

You can decrease the amount of steering torque by lowering the motor deeper into the water. The lighter the load in your boat the higher you can raise the motor and still maintain good hull lift. Drag is the enemy of speed. The heavier the load, the deeper you will have to run it to lift the hull to achieve good top speed.

Try this. Get up to top speed and note the steering torque on the wheel. Now start lowering the motor as you run at the same throttle setting. You should notice a decrease in steering torque. Watch your speed on the GPS while doing it. Did it decrease or increase? If it increased, you had the motor too high to begin with.

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#10952845 - 07/02/15 07:42 AM Re: Hydraulic Steering....Hard to Turn Left when Trimmed Up [Re: 5Redman8]
5Redman8 Offline
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Registered: 10/15/07
Posts: 2547
Loc: Forney
Thanks guys.

Not a new issue....just a new to me boat.

Ken, I will give that a try next run.


Edited by 5Redman8 (07/02/15 07:48 AM)

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#10952847 - 07/02/15 07:43 AM Re: Hydraulic Steering....Hard to Turn Left when Trimmed Up [Re: 5Redman8]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 7743
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Call me and I will talk you through it if you want. I have owned a couple (dozen) boats with Sea Star steering.

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#10952875 - 07/02/15 07:54 AM Re: Hydraulic Steering....Hard to Turn Left when Trimmed Up [Re: Ken A.]
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Registered: 04/12/05
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Loc: Emory, Texas
Originally Posted By: Ken A.
Call me and I will talk you through it if you want. I have owned a couple (dozen) boats with Sea Star steering.

Bragger ...... roflmao.. Ken is a go fast guy, he'll know what to do.. grin
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#10952956 - 07/02/15 08:30 AM Re: Hydraulic Steering....Hard to Turn Left when Trimmed Up [Re: 5Redman8]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 7743
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
And if Ken doesn't know what to do he will make up a really good story! grin

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