How to Make Adjustments to a Teleflex Boat Steering System

Updated February 21, 2017

Teleflex steering systems utilise a steering wheel, steering cables and a rudder to move your aquatic vehicle. The easiest way to adjust the steering system is by tightening or loosening the nuts of the steering cables, which adjusts the cables' tension. Tight cables are more responsive to steering, but when cables are too tight, their risk of breaking or snapping increases. If you have serious steering problems, you may need to replace your rudder.

Adjust the outboard steering cable. Tighten the nylon insert nut of the steering link rod fastener. Tighten the nut that connects the steering link rod to the steering cable using a socket wrench. Tightening this cable increases the steering response.

Set the tachometer switch. Push the rotary switch, located on the back of the tachometer, clockwise to increase the stern drive. The higher the tachometer, the more powerful your drive. A more powerful drive is more responsive to steering.

Adjust the torque tab by pulling it upward. If the torque tab is in the water, it can slow down your steering.

Adjust the steering cable. Turn the steering wheel to its fully extended position by turning it clockwise or counterclockwise. Grasp the cable, located near the helm entry spigot. Follow the cable to the coupler nut. Tighten the nut using a socket wrench to tighten the cable and increase the steering response.

Replace the rudder. Loosen the screws on the rudder using a screwdriver and discard the old rudder. Slide a new rudder into place and secure it with screws.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Socket wrench
  • Rudder
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