Seastar steering help !
hows it going fellow boaters... I’m in need of some help I recently bought my first boat. An older mako 171 with a 2000 Yamaha 115 2 stroke. I have used the boat 2-3 times an noticed it was leaking hydraulic fluid from the SeaStar steering cylinder so I began to do some research an came across the seal kit I ordered it as it seem easy enough for me to handle. Part of me wanted to leave it alone an add fluid every time I used it lol but I figured that wasn’t right so decided to fix it. Little did I know what I was in for the day I went to change the seals I removed Thebes bolts for Thebes brackets an at that time the rod that goes through the cylinder moved an I saw 3 larger nicks/cuts/gashes etc in the rod at that point I put it all back together an decided not to put the new seals because I knew they would get ruined... so as for my question does anyone know if seastar sells the cylinder rod separate? Or do I have to get stuck buying the entire ram for 400 plus dollars ? Has any one had this issue before ? Can I have the cylinder resurfaced or something at a machine shop ?? Any and all help is greatly appreciated my boat is obviously down an summer is going to pass me by !! <br><br><br>Sorry for the extremely long post