Hydraulic Steering Acting Up Again

tekmunkitekmunki Posts: 668 Officer
My seastar helm has a cloud 'clunk/click" noise when changing directions, it also sometimes requires a bit of effort to get the motor to move (quick jerks); I had this issue before, somewhat, where bleeding the system repaired it, but now it seems to be acting a little different; from what I've read the check valve likely has dirt/corrosion in/around it- no leaks at all, just a nice clunk when changing direction- mostly worried about it jamming and then not responding at some point on the water.

Has anyone disassembled one to clean the check valve? Should I take the whole pump off to do the cleaning, or can I safely clean it inside the console? Is a system purge necessary before cleaning the valve, or is it easy to get to?

I've never done the repair before, just trying to do it quickly and easily as possible.
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  • SCFD rtrd.SCFD rtrd. Posts: 1,381 Officer
    I'm getting ready to do mine also. I looked on THT and found a step by step post of how to disassemble, repair/clean and reassemble. Has pictures also. Kinda in a hurry this morning or I'd post the link. There are spring loaded parts, so the correct method of repair/cleaning is to remove the helm.
  • tekmunkitekmunki Posts: 668 Officer
    SCFD rtrd. wrote: »
    I'm getting ready to do mine also. I looked on THT and found a step by step post of how to disassemble, repair/clean and reassemble. Has pictures also. Kinda in a hurry this morning or I'd post the link. There are spring loaded parts, so the correct method of repair/cleaning is to remove the helm.

    Thanks- I'll search for that post;

    Looks like that means I'm purging the system again.



    *fyi, I found this guide, that seems to have some great advice and some pics of the assembly.
    http://2coolfishing.com/ttmbforum/showthread.php?t=107084&page=2
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    Q: How much fishing equipment can a man have before his wife throws him out?
    A: I do not know for sure; however, I believe that the experiment is almost complete!
  • SCFD rtrd.SCFD rtrd. Posts: 1,381 Officer
    Looks like the same pics I saw. But, they never said how they cleaned the valve. I guessing a brass brush or brass wheel on a Drammel tool.
  • SCFD rtrd.SCFD rtrd. Posts: 1,381 Officer
    The problem; if I turned the steering wheel very slowly, especially if the air temperature was below 50 degrees, the wheel would turn but the motor would not. If I turned the steering wheel fast, then the steering would engage and motor would turn. So, I figured that the valve in my helm was sticking.

    After reading the post and seeing the pictures, I yanked the helm off the busted the bottom wide open. Sure enough the little valve was sticking. I cleaned up all parts with a rotary tool and brass wheel. Then stretched the spring and reassembled. Bleed the system and Wham-mo works perfect.
  • tekmunkitekmunki Posts: 668 Officer
    SCFD rtrd. wrote: »
    The problem; if I turned the steering wheel very slowly, especially if the air temperature was below 50 degrees, the wheel would turn but the motor would not. If I turned the steering wheel fast, then the steering would engage and motor would turn. So, I figured that the valve in my helm was sticking.

    After reading the post and seeing the pictures, I yanked the helm off the busted the bottom wide open. Sure enough the little valve was sticking. I cleaned up all parts with a rotary tool and brass wheel. Then stretched the spring and reassembled. Bleed the system and Wham-mo works perfect.

    I finally resolved it and did the same thing yesterday; only now I think I over-stretched the spring and it's making a buzzing sound as the wheel turns, sounds like the bearing is bouncing against the spring... I'll run it for a while and it will probably calm itself down over time. I can make minor adjustments now and the 'clicking / wheel jerking' is gone.

    I used a wire brush to clean the valve.



    ... on second thought, I think I'll just rip it off again and compress the spring and see if I can get it right- I'd rather not find out that I didn't get the o-ring back in on-the-water.
    sigsmallx.jpg
    Q: How much fishing equipment can a man have before his wife throws him out?
    A: I do not know for sure; however, I believe that the experiment is almost complete!
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