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Stiff Steering on a 2003 Yamaha LX210. Need to lube the

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Stiff Steering on a 2003 Yamaha LX210. Need to lube the cables
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Kenny O. replied 6 months ago.
Hi this is Kenny, who am I speaking to ?Well unfortunately lubing your cable(s) wont be successful, what happen is corrosion occurs between the inner cable and the outer, and in come cases the outer cable seals becomes compromised (break) and that is likely where your problem lies especially if this is salt water use.So my recommendation is if you think you have one bad cable obviously replace them both as a set. If you are going to do one then the labor for both is just a little more as you are right there.The cables retail about $180.00, I seen them (new) sold on eBay for about $140.00 the part # ***** ***** If you don't plan on doing this yourself then you are going to pay 4-6 hours in labor, the flat rate from Yamaha is about 4 hours for both cables.When I was with Yamaha I saw a lot of these replaced as I'm here on the west coast and they seem to have a low tolerance to salt water.Let me know of you have any questionsThanksKenny

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