If the power steering system cannot be corrected on
board, proceed at a reduced speed. The boat will be
steerable, but with increased effort. Return the boat
to your Four Winns dealer as soon as possible to
correct the power steering system.
Steering effort can vary signiﬁcantly with engine
acceleration, steering angle, trim angle, and
sea condition. Be prepared for additional
steering loads at all times.
If equipped with power steering, check
the ﬂuid level in the reservoir periodically.
Low power steering ﬂuid levels may increase
G - 3 STEERING SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
A. General Maintenance
A periodic inspection of all steering cables, linkage
and helm assemblies should be made. Signs of
corrosion, cracking, loosening of fastenings, excessive
wear, or deterioration should be immediately correct-
ed. Failure to do so could lead to steering system
failure and corresponding loss of control.
After the ﬁrst two hours of running time, check
the entire steering system for loose bolts, nuts
and fasteners which could adversely affect
Check all bolts, nuts and fasteners for tightness.
When storing equipment in the engine com-
partment, be sure to avoid contact with the
steering cable. Cables may become kinked or
damaged and may increase steering effort.
B. Rotary System Maintenance
The helm and cable assembly should be so adjusted
that the steering wheel is centered with the drive or
outboard engine 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.
DO NOT force the steering unit to either ex-
treme. This can place undue strain on the unit
and can lead to hydraulic line or seal failure.
Check all metal parts at the cable output end for
corrosion. Remove any old grease from the cable
ram and motor swivel connections using a mild
solvent such as WD-40. Spray the cleaned areas
with a moisture-displacing lubricant and apply a light
coat of good quality marine grease. Do this with the
ram fully extended. See Figure G-2.
It is important that the power steering ﬂuid be main-
tained at the proper level. Do not over ﬁll the power
steering pump reservoir. Please consult the section
in the engine manual regarding steering system and
maintenance. The engine manual is included in the
G - 2 PROPELLER TORQUE
The propeller rotation of a single engine operation will
exert a directional force on the steering system.
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 effects.
Figure G-2: Steering Cable
Steering Systems - Section G
Owner’s Manual Page 64
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