Outboard Tilt tube full of rust, steering frozen.
OK, I know the problem and we have tried to fix it twice in the past only to have it return again. I have a 2002 Mercury 90hp carburetor engine on my 18' Action-Craft flats. It has Teleflex style mechanical steering that slides inside of the tilt tube. The tilt tube is common carbon steel and has rusted inside over the years. Twice I have had to remove the motor and ream out the crap in the tube to restore my steering. We have packed the tube with grease but the rusting comtinues. It is now happening again.
Does anyone know if Mercury or other after market companies offer a stainless steel tube? Any other thoughts here?