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Old 05-19-2011, 09:49 PM   #1

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Default Sloppy steering

The steering on my Z225 Davanti has always seemed sloppy to me.
There is "play" in the wheel, where I can turn from 10 to 2 with no affect.
I often feel like a first time car driver over steering all the time, and at low speeds I am constantly playing with the wheel to keep her straight.
Is this normal?
Any thoughts will be appreciated.
Thanks!
Doug
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    Default Re: Sloppy steering

    I think there is a procedure for adjusting your steering system. Check in the manual section of this forum. I think I saw it in there somewhere.
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    Default Re: Sloppy steering

    10-2 is a lot and csterner is right. But, also note that low speed wandering is common in deep V boats. There are a few threads about it on every boating forum that I'm on.
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    Slow speed wandering in the steering is normal. If boat is planed of and you have that much steering play you have a mechanical problem. Possible low fluid level, worn gimbel bracket, loose steering cable nut(s), worn steering helm. However be careful until the problem is fixed. I suggest not operating the boat until repairs are completed. Rick

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    Default Re: Sloppy steering

    my mariahs 252 steering wheel has about 3inches play in it i have to correct it at slow speeds, but at faster speeds its fine i had it checked out by a mechanic and he says its normal,

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    Most V - hull boats do wander, even with tight steering.
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    I have a SX18 2006 with 3.0 /alpha one and I can steer the thing at low speeds at all .it is all over the place and seems like it doesn’t turn till the wheel is turned at least half a turn then you have to steer back the other way seems dangerous Also I see where the end of the steering cable goes into the actuator thingy it moves a couple inches before the boat starts to turn could the pump have low pressure when at lower RPMs ?
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    Thanks mikeyt. I redid everything in the back end of the outdrive before I condemed my rack. There are some great things on your post.
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    Default Re: Sloppy steering

    I had horrible wondering at low speeds. However after adding smart tabs itís %100 better. Almost no wondering if any. Best mod to date.
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