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    Default Bizarre new steering cable problem

    I've just replaced the steering cable on my boat, as the old one had a lot of free play.

    The good news is that the free play is gone, the bad news is that now it's really hard to turn the steering wheel!

    Everything at the helm end if connected up fine. And the cable moves with the wheel.

    At the stern, with the link arm to the outboard disconnected, the steering wheel is easy to turn, and the steering rod moves through the tilt tube nice and easily. The outboard turns easily by hand, and the link arm rotates freely.

    However, when I connect the link arm to the end of the steering rod, suddenly it's really hard to turn the steering wheel, and impossible to turn the outboard by hand.

    What did I screw up?! All the individual elements are working well, but connect them together, and it all goes to ****!

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    Default Re: Bizarre new steering cable problem

    Never mind, I fixed it, but no idea how!

    I took the stern apart again, stared at it all quizzically for a few minutes, then put it back together again, and now it works fine

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    Default Re: Bizarre new steering cable problem

    something was binding up.....at least it's resolved!!

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