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Answer to stiff steering.  I have...

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Answer to stiff steering.  I have a 1989 Sea Ray Weekender 230.  The steering had gotten very stiff until I ran it on the water for a while then it would free up.  Somewhere along the line I read about a fix and it worked like a charm.  First thing I did was to flush the steering system with fresh clean power trim and steering fluid.  I did this by sucking the old fluid out of the pump then filling it, then running the engine for about 5 min.  I did this this three times moving the steering back and forth each time.  I used about 3 quarts of power trim and steering fluid.  Next I moved the steering all the way over to Port where the steering cable slide tube was all the way out.  I cleaned it off, greased it with a high quality grease and problem solved.  I went from very hard steering to one finger steering.  Simple Maintenace goes a long way.