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Have 1997, Mercury 75, 2 stroke. Steering dampener not working.

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Have 1997, Mercury 75, 2 stroke. Steering dampener not working. How is it adjusted?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Jeff G. replied 2 years ago.
Can I get the serial number of the engine? Is this a tiller or remote model?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
S/N 0G568611. "G" could be a "6"Remote steering
Expert:  Jeff G. replied 2 years ago.
You don't have a steering damper on your engine.
If you are getting torque pulling the engine one way or the other you counter it by turning the trim tab at the back underneath of the lower unit. On the Mercury your trim tab is an anode as well, so if it is corroded you need to get a new one. There is a rubber plug just above it. Remove the plug and reach in with a socket and extension or Allen wrench depending on which bolt you have. Slightly loosen the bolt and turn the trim tab just slightly in the opposite direction of the way the engine is pulling.
If the boat is tracking straight but you want less pull on the steering you can get a new helm unit. If you are using a manual steering cable replace it with a Teleflex NFB, no feed back, steering helm. This will remove most of the torque on the steering.
If you need further help on this, let me know.

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