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  1. #1

    Upper helm steering

    Rookie question....1979 DC.. Upper helm steering doesn’t work, where is the reservoir?

  2. #2

    Re: Upper helm steering

    It is usually in the ER... if not look around the transom
    Pascal
    Miami, FL
    1970 53 MY #325 Cummins 6CTAs
    2014 26' gaff rigged sloop
    2007 Sandbarhopper 13
    12' Westphal Cat boat

  3. #3

    Re: Upper helm steering

    From memory, the resevoir is on the aft bulkhead of the ER.

    Fill to the fill level, then add pressure with bicycle pump to 60 lbs. if I remember. (needle straight up).

    Rotate both wheels hard left and right to bleed the system.

    If that doesn't work, I hope someone smarter posts soon.

    Bruce

    Freestyle
    1986 62 CPMY (54MY with cockpit extension)
    Tampa

    Former Freestyle
    1976 DCMY

  4. #4

    Re: Upper helm steering

    30 sounds more like the psi needed.

    If it wont bleed with 30 or so theres a problem
    Scott
    41C117 "Hattatude"
    Port Canaveral Florida.


    When I want your opinion I'll give it to you?

  5. #5

    Re: Upper helm steering

    60!lbs is high. 20 to 30 lbs is usually plenty
    Pascal
    Miami, FL
    1970 53 MY #325 Cummins 6CTAs
    2014 26' gaff rigged sloop
    2007 Sandbarhopper 13
    12' Westphal Cat boat

  6. #6

    Re: Upper helm steering

    Take a look at "Helm Issue" June 30 on the forum, instructions attached. Hynautics says 50# max for bleeding
    Summer Star
    1988 65' M/Y
    HATDL 312
    Extended to 80' LOA
    Somewhere in Caribbean

  7. #7

    Re: Upper helm steering

    My mistake.

    Agree, on my 43 it was 30lbs.

    Bruce

    Freestyle
    1986 62 CPMY (54 with cockpit extension)
    Tampa

  8. #8

    Re: Upper helm steering

    Mine says between 25/30.
    SEVEN
    1979 53' MY Hull #563
    Antioch, California

  9. #9

    Re: Upper helm steering

    The 1979 43DC had Hynautic steering. Look on their site for instructions for bleeding air from the system. The reservoir is on the rear bulkhead of the engine room.
    Normally filling the reservoir, pressurizing and turning the wheels "slowly" from port until it stops then to starboard until it stops will bleed the air. You'll need to monitor the oil level and pressure and may have to add more oil or pressure.
    If this doesn't work you can slightly loosen the retaining nuts on the upper helm pump steering unit supply line and the pressure will force the air out until you begin to get oil - constantly checking the oil level in the reservoir and filling and pumping the air pressure back up.
    There is also a bleed valve located on the inside of the transom - there are access panels under the queen mattress but the valve itself is higher than the mattress - you have to lay on your back and feel up inside that access to find it and open the bleed screws. Then the air pressure should cause the air to escape and you'll begin to get some oil out of the bleed valve.
    However - I would only do this if loosening the fill line nuts on the upper helm steering pump doesn't work as it's a royal pain to get to the transom bleed valve.

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