G - 1 GENERAL
B. Rotary Steering
The stern drive Vista
models are equipped with
In the rotary system, a rotary drum assembly is
mounted under the dash behind the steering wheel.
A one piece cable runs from the drum assembly
through the boat into the engine compartment.
At the transom, the cable turns and is connected
to the drive tiller and the power steering unit.
rotary-type steering systems. A tilt steering wheel is
standard on the 338 Vista models.
A. Tilt Steering
The steering wheel can be tilted up or down so as to
enhance the driver’s comfort and enjoyment. To tilt the C. Power Steering
steering wheel, depress the release lever with your
thumb. See Figure G1. Be sure to hold the top of the
wheel to assist in positioning. Refer to the steering
manufacturer’s literature for additional information.
Power steering is standard engine equipment on
stern drive Vista models. It is comprised of an engine
mounted pump, control valve, hoses, and steering
cylinder. Power steering works in conjunction with the
helm and steering cable to move the transom mount-
ed tiller arm and vertical drive more easily.
On twin engine installations, only the starboard engine
is equipped with a power steering hydraulic assist unit.
Therefore, when operating on a single engine, it is
imperative to operate with the starboard engine. If only
the port engine is used, hard steering will result.
DO NOT force the steering wheel to either
extreme position. This can place undue strain
on the unit and can lead to power steering
Upon commissioning the boat, it is necessary to
purge the system of air. This is performed by your
Four Winns dealer during pre-delivery service.
Should steering difﬁculty increase with time, it is
possible additional bleeding of the system is required.
See your Four Winns dealer for assistance. This and
other adjustments on power steering units are critical
and should be performed only by a qualiﬁed service
Figure G1: Tilt Steering
The tilt mechanism should not be adjusted
when the boat is moving. Sudden boat move-
ment may cause loss of balance resulting in
loss of control and/or injury.
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 steering pump reservoir will cause hard steer-
ing. 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. If unable to locate or correct the
problem, have the steering cable inspected and
lubricated by your Four Winns dealer.
The tilt mechanism is spring loaded. Due to the
variation in steering wheel offerings, the wheel
may spring up rapidly when depressing the
release lever. ALWAYS KEEP ONE HAND ON
THE WHEEL DURING TILT ADJUSTMENT
OR INJURY MAY OCCUR.
Steering Systems - Section G
Owner’s Manual Page 67
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|Tags||Four Winns Vista 338|
|Model Year||2007, 2008|
|Document Type||Owner's Manual|
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