G - 1 GENERAL
Four Winns® boats are equipped with rotary type steer-
ing systems. In addition, tilt and power steering are stan-
dard features on the Sundowner™ models.
The tilt mechanism is spring loaded. Due to the
variation in steering wheel offerings, the wheel
may spring up rapidly when depressing the re-
lease lever. ALWAYS KEEP ONE HAND ON
INJURY MAY OCCUR.
A. Rotary Steering
In the rotary system, a rotary drum assembly is mounted
under the dash behind the steering wheel with a one
piece cable running through the boat into the engine
compartment. At the transom, the cable turns and is
connected to the engine. Additional information on steer-
ing operation can be found in Section A-9.
C. Power Steering
Power steering is also standard. It is comprised of an
engine mounted pump, hoses and steering cylinder.
Power steering works in conjunction with the helm and
steering cable to move the transom mount tiller arm and
vertical drive more smoothly.
B. Tilt Steering
The Sundowner™ models come equipped withtiltsteer-
ing. To operate, depress the release lever (adjusting
tab) with your thumb to tilt the steering wheel. Be sure
to hold the top of the wheel to assist in positioning. Re-
lease the lever once the steering wheel is in the posi-
tion desired. See Figure G1. Refer to the steering
manufacturer’sliterature, included in the owner’s packet,
for additional information.
This is a “power assist” system and can greatly reduce
steering effort required. It is not, however, a full power
steering system as is used in automobiles. Some steer-
ing tension remains in the system.
On models with power steering, restricting movement of
the steering cable will limit or stop the steering system’s
DO NOT interfere with or restrict steering cable
movement through the last 90 of bend at the
engine. DO NOT use cable retainers, clamps
or tie straps. Using one or all of these could
restrict the cable movement near the engine.
DO NOT tie wiring harnesses or other control
coaming pads and bulkheads allow for steering
cable movement in all positions of trim.
If the power steering becomes inoperative, steering will
be harder and more effort will be needed to steer the
boat. Check for a broken or loose belt on the power
steering pump. Also, low fluid levels in the power steer-
ing pump reservoir will cause hard steering. If these
items are not the source of the problem, check for equip-
ment or other items lying on or up against the steering
cable at the back of the boat. The cable must be free
and clear to slide back and forth. Any item blocking free
movement of the cable will result in harder steering and
possible damage to the steering cable.
Figure G1: Tilt Steering Option
the boat is moving. Sudden boat movement
may cause loss of balance resulting in loss of
control and/or injury.
Sundowner™ Owner’s Manual
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|Model Year||2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008|
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