I posted a question on here a day or so ago and got no replies... so maybe I'm the only one who has had this issue.
My teleflex tilt column was flopping all over the place. I was sure something needed replacing.
So I decided to show everyone what I did... very simple and now my steering is perfect... no wobble... no play at all.
This was in a 2002 186 SSi ... so yours may be a little different.
--Pop the center cap off the wheel.
--Remove the nut and washer holding on the wheel.
--Remove the nut and washer
--Remove the steering wheel
--Pry the back of the rubber boot from the plastic bezel and remove it
--Remove the two screws I am pointing at in the pics below
--Now you have to press in two tabs on the inside of the bezel (right beside the screws you just removed).
--Pull the bezel to remove it
--NOW you will see two large screws (circled below) - tighten them and reassemble.
One of my screws was about to fall out and the other was halfway out. Probably a good thing I didn't take my buddy's advice that "it's just normal in a boat".