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  1. North Miami Beach. I usually hang at the Haulover sand bar or islands around.
  2. Id like to report back on this issue i was having so it can help any other members on this forum. I decided to get the rebuild kit and it worked. The o ring on the piston was worn and was missing the piston seal that goes over the o ring. the new kit came with the same o ring it had (slightly smaller) with an additional piston seal that goes over the o ring. if anyone needs the info where i purchased the kit let PM me. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to put sites on here. for future members looking at this, before you purchase the rebuild kit, this kit fixes leaks in the actuator and power steering loss due to the piston seal being worn, broken or missing. if your piston is cracked you might be able to fix it with some epoxy. the kit cost $60 and far better than having to buy a new actuator ram for $600 or used one for $300! I can finally put my incredible Hulk arms away and turn my steering wheel without effort!
  3. Won’t that rebuild kit you posted earlier work?
  4. 99% sure that it does look like that one.
  5. Will do. I’ll take the picture tomorrow. Thanks again for the help.
  6. Do you have a diagram of where the diverter valve is located? All I can find is the steering ram with piston etc... sorry for my ignorance as the power steering is my weakness area. Could this be a DIY? It’s hard to get a Mechanic out here in Miami since this is considered to be a small job and most wont take it Thank you.
  7. Do you know why when I sometimes start the boat out of the water, the steering wheel turns by itself all the way to starboard side (Quick movement) Doesn’t do that all the time. Sign that the pump is actually working?
  8. WOW. Very informative! Thank you.
  9. When I push it I would say it’s medium to little effort. When engine running and it being off nothing changes on effort to turn wheel. I did flush the oil. Not sure if I maybe need to bleed the system. I searched around and saw that simple turning lock to lock would do the job. What should I check next?
  10. Didn’t know there was electric connected to the pump and I thought only powered by the serpentine belt.
  11. Good stuff. Makes a lot of sense. Thank you for the informative info.
  12. Chaparral 204 2008 4.3 Gxi Volvo penta power steering stopped working suddenly. I changed the serpentine belt, changed out the fluid with Volvo trim/power steering fluid. What else should I look at? I tried turning wheel lock to lock with engine off and on. No change. Any imput would be helpful, I was told that these pumps last forever it does work intermittently, weird thank you
  13. Problem solved. After reading a lot of helpful threads on here I double checked everything I read. In my case I checked the fuel pump connections, unplugged and re plugged. Cranked up the engine and it had a rough start due to the black plugs. Once I reved a bit and set it at a higher than normal idle, it started to run smoother. Then backed it up to idle and wallaaa! It stayed on with a smooth idle. Not sure why if one of the fuel pumps not working, why would it foul the plugs?????? thats the question of the day. Someone please be kind enough to explain. I hope this also fixed the not being able to plane or go over 2500 rpms in the water.
  14. Hi guys. I've got a 4.3 gxi 2008 Volvo penta engine on a chap 204 this engine is EFI problem I'm having: engine sputtering, won't stay on at idle, running rough. Before this happened I changed the distributor cap and rotor because the boat would not start. After the distributor cap change it started but boat did not plane and would not pass 2500 rpm. At the time it idled fine and ran ok up to the 2500 rpms, but didn't plane. Went home and changed plugs (Volvo plugs) turned it on and that's when I started to get the rough idle and rough engine rev. checked for water in the gas/water separation filter. No water detected pulled out the plugs and they were black smelling like gas something was failing and then failed when I got home I'm assuming any ideas? Could it be a sensor? Where should I start? I've checked all the basics and nothing. please help