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My steering is very stiff. After pumping copious amounts of grease and changing out every other part (hydraulic helm, hydraulic lines and hydraulic tube) I have come to the conclusion the swivel bracket is stiff from corrosion or something else. My guess is corrosion around swivel bushing etc. Has anyone encountered this problem and found a cost effective solution. I understand the only true way is dismantling the power head and removing, replacing and cleaning the swivel tube and bushings. I wish I would of found all of this out before replacing every other part.
 

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My steering is very stiff. After pumping copious amounts of grease and changing out every other part (hydraulic helm, hydraulic lines and hydraulic tube) I have come to the conclusion the swivel bracket is stiff from corrosion or something else. My guess is corrosion around swivel bushing etc. Has anyone encountered this problem and found a cost effective solution. I understand the only true way is dismantling the power head and removing, replacing and cleaning the swivel tube and bushings. I wish I would of found all of this out before replacing every other part.
using a grease fitting tool that has the female socket , a pipe tube and what is basically a hammer driven hydraulic cylinder filled with a fine penetrating oil..Using an engineers hammer, tap lightly but solidly then moreso but not fast as you feel the ram moving as the oil is driven in to the zerk.repeat several times while having someone turn the wheel...It will eventually mix with the dry grease and help it work its' way out..... I bought my latest at Grainger...
 
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