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Jason, Marine Mechanic
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Experience:  Degree in Marine Technology. Gas and diesel marine mechanic.
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I hit an unmarked obstruction and wiped out the skeg, prop

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I hit an unmarked obstruction and wiped out the skeg, prop and bent the prop shaft. All that has been fixed but now I have steering creep. Is this cylinder or helm hydraulic problem? 150 hp Yamaha.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** am I speaking with?
Unfortunately it could be both, and there isn't any kind of test in order to figure out which it is other than doing some listening and feeling. If you feel, and listen with a stethoscope and feel or hear any bumping or clicking in the helm then the helm would be bad. But if you don't hear anything that doesn't mean the helm is necessarily good either. But at the same time.... when this happens odds are 75% that the problem is in the steering cylinder over the helm unit. When outboards get jerked quickly that can damage the piston orings inside the cylinder. Does that all make sense?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes, it certainly got jerked quickly. Thanks.
Expert:  Jason replied 2 years ago.
You are most welcome and I was glad I could help. There is a company in Florida that does repair the units if you want to send it out. Click this link below, this is their website
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