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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:19 am    Post subject: Can I replace the hydraulic helm, or do I need a wizard? Reply with quote

Got a leak in the hydralic steering. Had the seals replaced about a year ago, lasted about 6 months as predicted. Is replacing the helm something that can be done with normal mechanic skills/tools, or do I need to hire a pro? The dog gone things are expensive, hoping to avoid some labor charges...thanks..t  
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where is the leak? Frank  
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've tried to bleed and repressurize mine once before without the machine my mechanic has and I will say that I wouldn't want to do it again. I messed with it 2 hours and the thing still had air in it.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its a learning process. The seals were replaced because they were leaking and I was told then that usually that means there is a burr that is eating the seals and that they will continue to go bad. That is as much as I know about where the leak is. So this would be a real rookie approach to fixing it. t
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The short answer is nutin' to replacing helm.

What seals did yer have replaced ?
  
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont know, I accepted the report blindly. THe guy who did it was replacing my autopilot, and is reputable, been good to me in the past so I didnt even ask. He is the one that said the helm would probably have to be replaced. He is no longer around or I would ask him. Tired of paying people to do stuff and not have it done right, so I am figuring out how to do more myself. Slowly.

Glad to hear its a piece o cake. Looked up picture on the internet and it ddnt look complicated. Now I just have to figure out which one it is and find a replacement...thanks..t
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotta find de leak first.
Usually at one end or other of hyd cylinder at motor.

If yer man replaced seals at dis cylinder on a burred
shaft, well....he shafted you.
  
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy to replace,and easy to bleed,I've had the same prob before,but just resealed it,no probs after.Idn why yours went bad allready,if it was burred wouldn't have lasted a week.  
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its not at the cylinder, no fluid back there. I will do some poking around tomorrow and see where the fluid seems to be, and check back in. T
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