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My hydraulic steering is sticking in the cold weather. It will free spin and I have to go one way and jerk it back to get it to catch. Any Suggestions?
 

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Sounds like it needs to be bled. What color is the fluid? If it's red, ATF, that could be your problem. Should be clear if it is Sea Star fluid.
 

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Then i would recommend a good bleed. Get a bottle of Sea Star Fluid and the hose to screw in the helm. Turn fullright while someone opens the left bleed valve. Keep turning until there is no air. Close that valve, turn wheel full left and open the right valve until no air.
 

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Pathfinder (1/5/2008)Fluid is clear also.


That's good. :) Outstanding chance that it has the factory Sea Star fluid in it now.



People will put ATF in them. Cause they are lazy and don't want to go to the store or don't want to pay $12qt for it.



The Teleflex SeaStar site says you can do this, BUT Only in a emergency and recommend flushing the system when available.



I've found like SOS said that it makes the system a little harder to turn and it's not as good for the seals in the system.
 

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ATF is a solvent base and that's why it affects the seals. A FWB dealer, no longer in business, would use ATF in steering systems and Trim systems in every boat they rigged. Then when the customer had trouble they said seals were not covered under the warranty.
 

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My Sea Star Steering (Sailfish boat)had the same problem. The mechanic bleed the lines and filled it with fluid several times. Ultimately the helm had to be replaced. Fortunately, Sea Star did not charge for the helm. It has worked extremely well since. On the Sailfish Boat forum, this sound like a fairly common problem.
 

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Ihad the same problem, bled it, replaced seals,but I still needed a new helm. Luckily Sea Star has a 3 year warranty. Mine was leaking fluid underneath. Good Luck.
 

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Don't know if this will help or is good for your problem (system)whatsoever. I had a problem (very stiff spot while turning) with a rack and pinion steering in a Chevy. I bought a small bottle of LUCAS Power Steering conditioner. After adding to the system it corrected the problem in less then 1 mile. If the system can't be fixed by bleeding and has to be replaced you can't go wrong using it as it's guaranteed or your money back. Cost about $8.00 and save receipt if you want to go through contacting them if needed.

As far as their oil additive I don't use it. After being used in a mechanic friends truck he had to get into his engine. The Lucas is so thick and pooled in the bottom of the oil pan and never completely mixed. Maybe it just gets that way when cool, we didn't know.

I buy mine from a local Mom and Pop auto parts store but Wal-Mart in fact carries it:banghead:banghead:banghead Wal Mart SUCKS



http://www.lucasoil.com/products/display_products.sd?iid=28&catid=2&loc=show
 
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