Steering Wheel Replacement

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by jaywoodz, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. RubberDuckeeToo2

    RubberDuckeeToo2 Member

    412
    Oct 21, 2006
    Connecticut
    '98 370 Sundancer
    '97 SeaDoo Speedster 14'
    9.5' Caribe RIB
    7.4 Mercuisers
    If your wheel is the same as mine was, pull off the plastic cover that is on the wheel's three arms. You will see the allen screws mentioned earlier. Taking the wheel off the hub will give you better access to the hub. I would also turn the wheel so that the PB Blaster can soak
     
  2. jaywoodz

    jaywoodz Member

    512
    Nov 12, 2012
    Richmond, Virginia
    1999 Sea Ray 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350 MAG MPI Horizon w/V-Drives
    I have noticed some debris coming out at the bottom every so often while I'm banging away. After 30 minutes, I stopped and left. I'll try again tomorrow, but I may try to remove the three arms and allen screws. I had no idea they were there, or that it was even an option. How do you remove the plastic cover on the arms?
     
  3. RubberDuckeeToo2

    RubberDuckeeToo2 Member

    412
    Oct 21, 2006
    Connecticut
    '98 370 Sundancer
    '97 SeaDoo Speedster 14'
    9.5' Caribe RIB
    7.4 Mercuisers
    The actual steering wheel spokes is flat metal plate and the plastic is a flexible vinyl that wraps around it. Reach around and feel the backside of the steering wheel and you will see/feel the lip of the plastic that wraps around the wheel. It just snaps off with no harm to the vinyl. That is, if your wheel is like mine. Since our boats are similar vintage, I am pretty sure your wheel is the same.
     
  4. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    You might be down to the last two options - Heat, but I would be careful around the dash etc or just replace the whole steering rack, they are not that expensive.

    ** I just thought - you probably have hydraulic steering if it is v-drives, so these are a little more expensive and probably don't take well to heat.
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017 at 1:01 PM
  5. Soulshine

    Soulshine Member

    58
    Sep 25, 2016
    Seneca Lake, NY
    '83 SRV 360 Express
    Twin Merc. 454
    I was going to suggest heat too. Literally never fails me.

    In your situation, all that PB Blaster could catch fire or at least get smokey.

    I’d try a micro torch after cleaning all the oil out of it. Put the puller on, apply heat, pressure and shock and it’ll come off.

    If it went on, it can be taken off.

    P.S. doesnt the wheel have to be off the replace the helm?
     
  6. RubberDuckeeToo2

    RubberDuckeeToo2 Member

    412
    Oct 21, 2006
    Connecticut
    '98 370 Sundancer
    '97 SeaDoo Speedster 14'
    9.5' Caribe RIB
    7.4 Mercuisers
  7. jaywoodz

    jaywoodz Member

    512
    Nov 12, 2012
    Richmond, Virginia
    1999 Sea Ray 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350 MAG MPI Horizon w/V-Drives
    Well guys, I went back out again today. After leaving it taught all night (cranked down with the gear puller).. I knocked in it for about 15 more minutes with a hammer and it finally came loose. The damn thing came off. I went you guys could see the amount of buildup it had underneath from the years of never being removed. I'm certain this thing has been on there since the moment it left the factory!
     
  8. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Patience and persistence when it comes to rusted/corroded parts. Otherwise you just end up breaking something - ask me how I know. Glad you got it off.
     

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