Are you needing to replace your boat steering cable? Then you’ve come to the right place. However, if you are a beginner with marine hydraulic steering systems, we recommend that you first check out our SeaStar Solutions Hydraulic Steering Guide.
Boat Steering Cable Replacement Cost Estimate
Boat steering cable replacement cost at a dealership will run you anywhere from $300-$650, depending on the make and model of your boat. However, many folks opt to do it themselves, as the boat steering cable replacement job is relatively easy.
If you do go the DIY route for your marine steering cable replacement, you can find the best and usually cheapest replacement Teleflex cables on Amazon.
Here are some of the best boat steering cables available for sale.
|BOAT STEERING CABLE||BRAND & MODEL||LENGTH (ft)||RATING||LINKS||PRICE & AVAILABILITY|
|SeaStar SSC12412||12||4.8||Reviews||Check Price|
|SeaStar SSC13413||13||4.5||Reviews||Check Price|
|Uflex M66X14||14||5.0||Reviews||Check Price|
|Teleflex 14-Feet||14||4.5||Reviews||Check Price|
|SeaStar SSC13516||16||4.9||Reviews||Check Price|
Teleflex Steering Cable Vs. SeaStar Steering Cable
If you have been looking for a boat steering cable replacement online, you have probably been seeing Teleflex cables and SeaStar cables. For example, we have both listed in the table above. Naturally, you may be wondering what is the difference between a Teleflex steering cable and a SeaStar Steering Cable. The answer is “not much”.
In February of 2013, Teleflex announced that it was changing it’s name to SeaStar Solutions. So, when you come across a Teleflex steering cable online, you are actually looking at a cable made by SeaStar Solutions. It seems that people are simply still more apt to search for Teleflex cables, since that is what they are accustomed to looking for. Therefore, a lot of sellers are still selling the cables as a Teleflex steering cable.
Boat Steering Cable Installation Tips
The first step to boat steering cable installation is to be certain that you’ve measured properly and ordered the proper length of steering cable. Pro tip: the number 1 reason for marine steering cable returns is “wrong cable length ordered”.
Follow the boat steering cable installation instructions that came with your cable or kit. Doing so will allow for the maximum reliability and performance of the cable.
Allowing for generous steering cable bends will lengthen the lifespan of the cable. A stiffer cable with tighter bends is subject to more stress, and therefore a reduced cable life.
Replace, rather than reuse, all worn out steering mounting and connection components. Be sure to select the proper replacement parts which are designed specifically for the application. Whatever you do, do not attempt to substitute parts.
When you get to the point of installing the steering cable at the boat’s engine end, make sure that you lubricate the telescopic ram with generous amounts of a good quality, Lithium-based waterproof grease. This step is TREMENDOUSLY crucial if the boat steering cable is connected via the boat’s engine tilt tube.
There is no substitute for regular annual boat steering cable maintenance procedures.
Boat Steering Cable Maintenance Guide
If you are either getting your boat ready for winter or getting it ready for the upcoming boating season, boat steering cable maintenance should be an integral part of your annual boating maintenance ritual. If you don’t keep your marine steering cable in good condition by doing your boat steering cable maintenance, your boat will have rough handling, or possibly a complete loss of steering.
While boat steering cable maintenance requirements will vary slightly depending on the boat, servicing the marine steering cables is usually very similar across all makes and models. Follow the three easy steps below.
Items you will need prior to performing marine steering cable maintenance:
- Heavy marine grease
- Gun oil, machine oil, or a similar lightweight oil
- Grease gun
- Open end wrench
Step 1 – Retract the boat steering cable into the tilt tube by turning the steering wheel as far as you can to one side. Firmly press the injector fitting of your grease gun onto the boat’s steering cable nipple (grease fitting) and squeeze or pump the grease gun’s handle in order to generously lubricate the steering cable. Keep pumping the grease until it oozes out around the gun’s injector fitting and the nipple.
Step 2 – Ensure that the steering link rod fasteners are tight by gently trying to shake them using an open end wrench. It’s important to check that the nylon insert lock nut is resting on top of the steering link rod. Also be sure to check that the washer is securely seated underneath the nylon insert lock nut. You will notice that the boat steering cable is affixed to the boat’s steering link rod.
Step 3 – Lastly, using gun oil, machine oil, or a similar type of lightweight oil, lubricate the steering link rod pivot points.
Boat Steering Cable Boot Description
A boat steering cable boot is usually made of rubber and is designed to be installed on top of the output end of the boat steering cable on the engine end. The boat steering cable boot provides complete protection from weather and other elements, and it also helps to prevent the lubrication on the cable from being washed away.
A boat steering cable boot will run you about $10-$50, depending upon which one you need. Click here to check prices on the boat steering cable boot for your boat.
Is Your Boat Steering Cable Stuck?
Sometimes, if your boat has been sitting for an extended period of time, your boat steering cable may become stuck. There are a couple of different methods to try to resolve your boat steering cable being stuck.
You could first try using a little WD-40 and a rubber mallet to see if you can loosen up the stuck boat steering cable. If that doesn’t work, you can follow the instructions in this video we found on how to deal with a boat steering cable stuck.
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