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My Yamaha F350 outboard motor...
My Yamaha F350 outboard motor steering locks up and eventually releases. What is causing this?
Submitted: 3 years ago.Category: Boat
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5/24/2015
Marine Mechanic: Charles, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago
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Hello, my name is***** you for allowing me to assist you today.
What brand and what type of steering do you have?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Sea Star part # ***** 10.3MPa (1500 psi) max. It original equipment, has approx 50 hrs on a Bennington pontoon. It is a power steering system.
Thanks ***** *****(###) ###-####
Marine Mechanic: Charles, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago
Thanks mike,
Is there also a Sea Star steering pump in the rear of the boat?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
No
Marine Mechanic: Charles, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago
Do you have an auto pilot as well?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
No
Marine Mechanic: Charles, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago
Ok,
can you feel around the end caps of the steering cylinder to see if there is any fluid on them?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
There is no fluid around the end caps
Marine Mechanic: Charles, Marine Mechanic replied 3 years ago
Great,
Open the cap on the top of the helm and see if the system is full of fluid.
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