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CrusinSam

'02 183 SS Leaking Fluid At Helm

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Recently purchased a nice low hours(160) 2002 183SS. I noticed a few drops of fluid on the carpet and looked up to find the helm leaking where the steering cable comes in.  I put a ziplock bag on it to catch the leak and continued using it.  Here is what I've noticed in the couple trips I've taken it out on since buying it:

The steering wheel doesn't seem to be indexed correctly.  

It steers fine at cruising speed but doesn't seem to do as well at slow speeds(docking or trailering)

I am a serious Do It Yourselfer and would like to fix it. Do I just need to purchase the Teleflex 91523 helm and drop it in or is their a seal on the end of the cable that needs to be replaced?  I appreciate any feedback or help!!!

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What kind of fluid is it? Is it water? Does your speedometer work?

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Yup. If it is water, it is likely from your speedo. If it is hydraulic fluid, then from the helm. A repair should be cheaper. 

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Might be a loosened hydraulic line connector. Pinpoint the part leaking. Might just need a careful retightening.  Or a leaking O ring on the steering shaft.

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7 hours ago, CrusinSam said:

Speedo works fine and it's not water.  I'm assuming it's hydraulic or power steering fluid.  

Do you cover the boat and leave it in the sun?

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I bet its grease from the cable attached to the steering wheel. The heat is making the grease drip.

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