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Which model sterndrive do you have?
Got it. What you would do next is disconnect the steering cable from the power steering actuator. Have a helper hold the wheel tight, and then you grab the cable and try to move it in and out. Is that something you can do?
Hmmm... How much play is there in the wheel? Approximately how many degrees does the wheel turn before the steering starts to turn? Do this for me. Start with the wheel centered. Turn the wheel 1 turn to the left. Slowly turn the wheel to the right, how many degrees does the wheel move before the cable moves?
Is this with the engine running or with it off?
Can you double check it wit the engine running?
There isn't any adjustment on the cable. If the steering is sloppy there are some worn parts, i'm just trying to figure out which parts are worn. Let me know how you make out when you get home.
Okay that is normal. The way the power steering works is the cable moves a control valve inside the actuator, this is the 3/4 inch movement you see. Once the control valve opens up the power steering starts providing an assist. So if your's is doing that, that is normal.
Let do this another way.
Straddle the sterndrive and lock it between your legs. Have a helper turn the wheel back and forth. Does it take more or less than 1/4 turn of the wheel before the sterndrive wants to move?
Okay no problem, just post back when you are ready
Okay the steering cable and helm are worn out. The helm unit is the steering box behind the wheel. The helm has gears in it, and those teeth engage a spiral winding on the end of the steering cable. Over time, the gears wear out, and do not engage the cable properly. Replacing the cable and helm will get you your steering back.
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I thought you said before there was 60 degrees of movement, did I not understand you correctly?