Technical Reference Manual
Servicing Mechanical Steering Systems:
When servicing a steering system, thoroughly
diagnose the problem(s) first. Determine what
components of the steering system need to be
replaced. Replace components that show signs
of excessive physical wear, including slop,
chafing, corrosion, leakage, etc.
If there is excessive motion, binding or "rough
spots" in the steering, determine the cause and
replace the problem component.
Repair parts for mechanical steering helms,
cables and engine connection kits are not
available. Helms, cables and engine connection
kits must be replaced as units for safety and
convenience and, since the standardization of
engine interfacing in 1976, its easier than ever
to do so. Do not disassemble helms or cables
as they cannot be properly serviced in the field.
Disassembly or attempted repair will void the
warranty and may lead to unsafe operation,
which can cause personal injury or property
When using Teleflex products to replace other
manufacturers' steering, the whole system must
For mechanical steering, Teleflex offers:
- Helms (mechanical gearboxes, in rotary
and rack & pinion types).
- Cables (rotary and rack & pinion types).
- Bezel Kits (trim cover for helm/mounting
- Engine Connection Kits (connect steering
cable to engine or rudder).
- Steering Wheels.
- Tilt Steering option.
Teleflex does not supply link arms, which
connect the end of the steering cable to the
tiller arm on an outboard motor with a tilt tube.
Teleflex offers Engine Connection Kits, which
are usually required for engines that do not
have a tilt tube.
GENERAL RULE: Replace rotary with rotary,
rack with rack, hydraulic with hydraulic
whenever possible. Try to identify cable
from marking on jacket and helm from
lettering on cast/molded body.