Hydraulic Steering - Adding Fluid

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jaywoodz, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. jaywoodz

    jaywoodz Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Nov 12, 2012
    Richmond, Virginia
    1999 Sea Ray 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350 MAG MPI Horizon w/V-Drives
    I'm going to attempt to add hydraulic steering fluid to the helm today and I wanted to ask the process to 'bleeding' this pump for left and right turns to get it back where it needs to be. I know it takes 2 people, so wanted to have a game plan prior to showing up.
     
  2. mwph

    mwph Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Alabama
    1998 250 DA
    7.4L, B3
  3. jaywoodz

    jaywoodz Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Nov 12, 2012
    Richmond, Virginia
    1999 Sea Ray 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350 MAG MPI Horizon w/V-Drives
    Great articles, but I really don't know where the pump is located to do the bleeding. Neither post specify the granular steps.
     
  4. peterkvs

    peterkvs Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Nov 11, 2012
    Guntersville, Alabama
    400 Sundancer 1999
    3116 Cats, 1000 hours
    You can download the instructions from SeaStar here http://www.seastarsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/343319E2.pdf

    You may be able to top up the helm by using the quart of fluid and the seastar fill tube (or funnel which is messy). But if you have air in the lines on in the cylinder, you will have to follow the method in the manual.

    However, if you are bleeding it and it used to work fine before, you have a leak and have to find that and fix it first or else the bleeding will only be a temporary fix.

    Good Luck,

    Pete
     

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