It's "Maintenance Monday", and if you've spent enough time at the helm of a boat, you've had this experience : You turn the wheel, and it feels sloppy or requires extra effort. It’s time to purge and add hydraulic fluid.
In this situation, you’ll need to get some hydraulic-steering fluid that meets Mil-Spec H-5606C standards, such as Sea Star/Bay Star No. HA 5430; an adapter hose, like Sea Star No. HA 5438; and a pushpin from a bulletin board. A rag is also recommended.
1. Thread filler tube into helm pump
2. Thread bottle of fluid onto filler tube
3. Poke a hole into the bottom of the bottle (or, cut the bottom off and create a funnel)
4. Turn bottle upside down (like an IV)
NOTE: AT ALL TIMES BE SURE THERE IS FLUID IN THE FILLER TUBE, IF IT DRAINS OUT YOU ARE PUMPING AIR IN THE SYSTEM AND YOU WILL NEED TO START OVER.
5. Turn steering wheel hard to starboard
6. OPEN starboard bleeder nipple located on the steering cylinder
7. Turn steering wheel to the port side pumping air/fluid out of bleeder fitting
8. When an air free stream is seen, CLOSE bleeder nipple
9. Continue turning to the PORT side until engine comes hard over
10. OPEN Port bleeder nipple located on the steering cylinder
11. Turn steering wheel to the starboard side pumping air/fluid out of bleeder fitting
12. When an air free stream is seen, CLOSE bleeder nipple
If you're experiencing these steering problems, and don't want to tackle a hydraulic fluid refill yourself, call us at #MarinerServicesInc. at (239)776-4253 for a free estimate on keeping your steering system shipshape!