After the ﬁrst two hours of running time, check
the entire steering system for loose bolts, nuts
and fasteners which could adversely affect
Steering effort can vary signiﬁcantly with
engine acceleration, steering angle, trim angle,
and sea condition. Be prepared for additional
steering loads at all times.
G - 3 PROPELLER TORQUE
Check the ﬂuid level in the reservoir peri-
odically. Low power steering ﬂuid levels may
increase steering difﬁculty.
The propeller rotation of a single engine operation will
exert a directional force on the steering system. This
can cause the steering to be harder in one direction
than the other, and is called propeller torque. During
twin engine operation, propeller torque is negated by
the opposing rotations of the propellers.
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
cables to the steering cable. Make sure the
deck coaming pads and bulkheads allow for
steering cable movement in all positions
Propeller torque can also cause the boat to wander
(not follow a straight line) when operated at low
speeds. This condition is normal and can be corrected
only by increasing engine rpm. Wind, water currents
and play in steering components can cause equivalent
G - 4 STEERING SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
When storing equipment in the engine compart-
ment, be sure to avoid contact with the
steering cable. Cables may become kinked or
damaged and may increase steering effort.
A periodic inspection of all stern drive steering cables,
linkage and helm assemblies should be made. Signs
of corrosion, cracking, loosening of fastenings,
excessive wear, or deterioration should be immedi-
ately corrected. Failure to do so could lead to steering
system failure and corresponding loss of control.
Additional information on steering operation can be
found in Section A-9 in this manual and in your engine
The helm and cable assembly should be adjusted so
that the steering wheel is centered with the drives in
the straight ahead position. There should be an equal
number of turns to port and starboard from the straight
ahead position. If adjustment becomes necessary,
see your Four Winns dealer.
G - 2 STEERING LOAD
A load is placed on the steering system by the propel-
ler torque, and/or water ﬂowing past the outdrives.
The steering system is designed to normalize the
effort required to turn the steering wheel throughout
the average operating speed range and general
outdrive position. This is an advantage when the boat
is on plane. This can be somewhat of a disadvantage
at lower speeds in that the steering effort is not
reduced to a level where it can be wheeled “lock to
lock” without a concentrated turning effort.
All cables, helm assemblies, and steering connections
should be periodically lubricated with a light, water-
proof grease or as indicated in the manufacturers
information provided in the owner’s packet.
Steering Systems - Section G
Owner’s Manual Page 68
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|Tags||Four Winns Vista 338|
|Model Year||2007, 2008|
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