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Old    tim (wsdud)      Join Date: Apr 2006       10-18-2007, 11:28 AM Reply   
My friend has a 1998 malibu sunsetter and in the last few weeks its getting harder the turn the steering wheel. Can anyone tell me what this could be and how to fix it

Old    Dave Byrkit (dhr)      Join Date: Feb 2006       10-18-2007, 11:34 AM Reply   
two things there is a grease fitting on the rudder box grease that if it does not free up replace the steering cable
Old    Tim (monkey)      Join Date: Oct 2002       10-21-2007, 9:39 AM Reply   
I had the same boat and that happened. In my case, the cable was starting to rust, and eventually snapped while I was driving, which was dangerous. I had it replaced with a better stearing system. I think he called it "rack and pinion". It never had trouble again.
Old    Kevin (pri3st)      Join Date: Aug 2007       10-21-2007, 10:17 AM Reply   
Does it have a tilt wheel? I have a '93 Sunsetter w/ tilt & it was really hard to turn & had alot of up & down movement & eventually locked up (I procrastinate) Turns out it was the tilt unit. There is a U-joint in there & it broke. I had already ordered a new helm & steering cable ( so I replaced it all & eliminated the tilt assembly. But the old steering cable & helm (gearbox behind dash) were still in perfect working order.
Old    Erik (erik_c)      Join Date: Jan 2005       10-21-2007, 2:06 PM Reply   
Its the cable.


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