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#11433760 - 02/23/16 02:42 PM Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat
redskeet100 Offline
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I seem to have air in my steering system as it takes about 7-8 turns of the steering wheel to actually move the motor. Not ideal for running timber as I found out over the weekend. Anybody do this, is it hard or should I just take it in and get it done by a boat shop?

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#11434047 - 02/23/16 04:29 PM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: redskeet100]
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You Tube has several instruction videos
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#11435390 - 02/24/16 07:17 AM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: gary purdy]
Chris B Offline
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Is the fluid full?
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#11438438 - 02/25/16 09:42 AM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: redskeet100]
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You must have a leak in the system. Check the hyd. cylinder on the motor. This is where 9 out 10 times the trouble will be located. If you are having to add fluid then you do have a leak somewhere.
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#11438545 - 02/25/16 10:20 AM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: redskeet100]
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After you get the leak isolated and repaired, you can bleed it, but the recirculating pump/bleeder tool that good shops have will be SO much easier and faster. It might be worth asking a shop what they would charge to hook up their pump and bleed it. BTW, Teleflex does sell seal rebuild kits for the ram cylinder, which is where most failures occur as noted previously.

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#11438754 - 02/25/16 11:53 AM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: redskeet100]
redskeet100 Offline
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I do see some fluid on the steering cylinder at the motor after using the boat, so a leak is probably a correct call. How would I go about determining where the leak might be?

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#11439941 - 02/25/16 08:15 PM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: redskeet100]
redskeet100 Offline
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Stupid question, is there a reservoir for the fluid and where is it.

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#11439999 - 02/25/16 08:35 PM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: redskeet100]
Chris B Offline
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My Skeeter has the fill on top of the console behind the windshield. The fluid needs to be full. If its gone down it probably time to buy the seal kit and replace them. Its not that hard.
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#11440001 - 02/25/16 08:36 PM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: redskeet100]
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The helm right behind the steering wheel has a reservoir built in. Somewhere on top of it or via a hose is a combination vent/fill plug. Download the owners manual for your steering if you don't have it - as every owner should....

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#11440496 - 02/26/16 12:07 AM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: redskeet100]
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Originally Posted By: redskeet100
I do see some fluid on the steering cylinder at the motor after using the boat, so a leak is probably a correct call. How would I go about determining where the leak might be?


Sea Star? Seal popped and you can do it yourself with parts from amazon and the bleed down kit cheers

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#11440986 - 02/26/16 09:25 AM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: 2 Bee'z]
redskeet100 Offline
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Originally Posted By: 2 Bee'z
Originally Posted By: redskeet100
I do see some fluid on the steering cylinder at the motor after using the boat, so a leak is probably a correct call. How would I go about determining where the leak might be?


Sea Star? Seal popped and you can do it yourself with parts from amazon and the bleed down kit cheers


After doing a lot of reading, it does appear that the seal is bad. I will look at owners manual when I get home as I am not 100% sure which steering kit was used in my skeeter and order parts. I was wondering about the reservoir to see if fluid was low, I know where to fill, but not where to see if it needs to be filled.

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#11441118 - 02/26/16 10:00 AM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: redskeet100]
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Probably 99% of bass boats that can run over 50 mph with Teleflex hydraulic steering have the following Sea Star Pro steering:

http://www.seastarsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/296784AT.pdf

The seal kit for that is Seastar HS-5157. Don't forget you will need more hydraulic fluid.

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#11441124 - 02/26/16 10:03 AM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: redskeet100]
Chris B Offline
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Originally Posted By: redskeet100
Originally Posted By: 2 Bee'z
Originally Posted By: redskeet100
I do see some fluid on the steering cylinder at the motor after using the boat, so a leak is probably a correct call. How would I go about determining where the leak might be?


Sea Star? Seal popped and you can do it yourself with parts from amazon and the bleed down kit cheers


After doing a lot of reading, it does appear that the seal is bad. I will look at owners manual when I get home as I am not 100% sure which steering kit was used in my skeeter and order parts. I was wondering about the reservoir to see if fluid was low, I know where to fill, but not where to see if it needs to be filled.

Remove the fill cap and fill it all the way up. That's the only way to check it.
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#11441897 - 02/26/16 03:04 PM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: redskeet100]
Flippin-Out Offline
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In his case, since he says he finds leaked fluid back at the cylinder, he may as well replace seals before wasting fluid by topping off the helm reservoir....

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#11448899 - 03/01/16 08:36 AM Re: Anyone bleeding steering system in bass boat [Re: redskeet100]
redskeet100 Offline
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I ordered the seal replacement kit. I have the Sea Star HC5358 model, so after researching and seeing the posts here, ordered the HS-5157 replacement kit. I will replace seals and bleed system, should be good to go. Thanks for input, hope this is as easy as some are claiming who have done it.

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