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Old 05-16-2017, 02:03 PM
Marty59 Marty59 is offline
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Default VRod Steering Cylinder leak - lost steering

MY 2006 VRod lost its steering last week while out on the river. The power steering fluid bottle was empty. Not a drop of fluid to be found anywhere in the boat. Where did it go?

After much research, I found that the seals on the power steering cylinder (attached to the motor) will fail and the fluid leaks into the motor housing. I will pump that fluid out of the housing tonight. A new cylinder costs over $600 or there are places to rebuild them for under $400 or you can buy the rebuild kit for $100 plus the special tool for $125 for DIY.

I went new. Have the replacement coming tomorrow. I hope my power steering pump survived running with no fluid for 15 or so minutes.

Once I get the new steering cylinder installed and system bled, I'll let you know how easy/difficult the process is for a mildly skilled (unskilled) backyard mechanic.

Marty
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Old 05-17-2017, 06:32 AM
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Pumped the fluid out of the motor housing. Surprisingly easy. Steering ram should be here tonight. There are only 4 bolts and then bleeding the lines.... hope all goes well as I'd like to fishing tomorrow.

Marty

update....steering cylnder not coming until tomorrow....UPS f'd up

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Old 05-18-2017, 07:01 PM
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The new steering ram finally showed up at 6:00 pm tonight. Probably would have come sooner if I wasn't sitting in the window watching for the UPS truck!

The unit bolted right up out of the box (did lube the oring seal before installing). Hoses threaded right back up.

Followed the fluid fill and bleeding instructions in the VRod manual and the entire install/bleed took about an hour and half. Very simple job. 4 bolts, an o-ring and two hose connections.... overall i'd give this job a 3/10 for difficulty.


The VRod is steering like a Cadillac again!!


Marty
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:05 PM
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Is this a Seastar steering system on the Verado?
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Old 05-20-2017, 04:30 AM
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I cant answer that.....i used the oem parts and am not familiar with the seastar products.

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