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#11342279 - 01/12/16 08:40 PM steering cables
blackhorse Offline
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Registered: 05/13/08
Posts: 113
Loc: Morgan, Tx
anyone know the life expectancy of steering cables? having to replace mine for the fourth time. any tips on how to prolong
life of cables or where to have them done at? have a 97 skeeter zx 185c. thx.

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#11342348 - 01/12/16 09:02 PM Re: steering cables [Re: blackhorse]
Pat Goff Offline
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Registered: 01/29/05
Posts: 4988
Loc: Marble Falls/Seadrift
Rule #1
Never ever put grease on cables. Ever.
It will dry out and cake in the cable which binds it up. You can usually save it with penetrating oil and patience

Silicone, thin oil or lithium is your lubes of choice.
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#11345026 - 01/14/16 04:19 AM Re: steering cables [Re: blackhorse]
gary purdy Offline
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Loc: Littlefield Tx & Lake A. H. US...
I would seriously look at Hydraulic steering. http://www.lowcostboatingstore.com/Steering_c_6.html
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#11345117 - 01/14/16 06:57 AM Re: steering cables [Re: blackhorse]
BODA Offline
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Registered: 06/10/14
Posts: 219
Loc: Eagle Mountain Lake
Im with Gary, hydraulic steering is waaaay better, and lasts forever (in boat years)

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#11345428 - 01/14/16 09:21 AM Re: steering cables [Re: blackhorse]
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Loc: Irving, TX
agree also about hydraulic steering, you can do it yourself pretty easily. i believe that my seastar was 750 new or something like that. only thing that requires a little maintenance overtime will be the seals, which you can get 4+ years with. cable steering (to me) is like driving a car without power steering. i think any boat with a 150+ hp motor should have it
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#11345860 - 01/14/16 12:36 PM Re: steering cables [Re: Pat Goff]
Stump jumper Offline
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Registered: 04/19/04
Posts: 6983
Loc: Rockwall
Originally Posted By: Pat Goff
Rule #1
Never ever put grease on cables. Ever.
It will dry out and cake in the cable which binds it up. You can usually save it with penetrating oil and patience

Silicone, thin oil or lithium is your lubes of choice.
this is what I do. I am on my second set in almost 30 years. The one with the biggest bend goes first. I have one that I need to replace soon. It is fine on plane but is tight at idle.

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#11348142 - 01/15/16 11:42 AM Re: steering cables [Re: blackhorse]
boatmannmike Offline
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Registered: 02/03/15
Posts: 48
In most cases, cables last around 10 years. Lot of variables in that too IE. used in salt water or fresh, number of bends, radius of bends. But for the most part, 10 years and they are pooped out.

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#11351592 - 01/17/16 10:18 AM Re: steering cables [Re: blackhorse]
heybaylor Offline
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Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 1722
Loc: Lake Fork
On my 96 200efi there is a 'O' ring in the tilt tube where the cable comes out.
also one in the free cable housing.
I have seen many motors without these .
water can get in and lube can get out .

I replace mine every year ,or so on my ten year old cables that still are smooth and free.
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#11357063 - 01/19/16 07:35 PM Re: steering cables [Re: blackhorse]
blackhorse Offline
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Registered: 05/13/08
Posts: 113
Loc: Morgan, Tx
thx guys

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