SAFETY-CAUTIONS-WARNINGS AND SERVICE & MAINTENANCE
For the safety of the boat, it is critical to select an appropriate boat steering system. The steering forces are dependent on factors such as engine power, hull, speed, etc. and can vary considerably.
The following should be considered when selecting a Steering System:
Always consult a qualified technician for selection of a boat steering system.
Do not install MULTIFLEX STEERING SYSTEM on any application that may exceed any of the design parameters.
Do not install MULTIFLEX STEERING SYSTEM on boats where the engine horsepower may exceed the rating of the boat.
Mechanical Steering Helms, Cables, Bezel Kits and Connection Kits are designed to be non-repairable.
MULTIFLEX STEERING SYSTEM which have frozen should be replaced. Do not apply heat to thaw or dry them.
A gradual or sudden decrease in the usable stroke of the cable is an indication of a pending or present performance problem. The cable should be replaced immediately.
A gradual or sudden increase in the no load friction of a cable is an indication of a pending or present pe_ performance problem. The cable should be replaced immediately.
Do not install MULTIFLEX STEERING SYSTEM with the engine running or power on. Serious accident could occur.
Any mechanical system requires regular service and maintenance to ensure the reliability and durability of the system. Mechanical Steering Systems are no different. Maintenance of the Mechanical Steering Systems is a critical aspect since it aspects the life of the system and also the safety of the user.
The following describe the important aspects of service and maintenance of a Mechanical Steering System:
Always consult a qualified technician for maintenance and service of a mechanical steering system.
The Steering Helm is a pre assembled unit and should not be opened or reassembled. Any tampering with the unit will render possibility of damage and failure of the system. The Helm should be installed as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
The Steering Cable should be installed providing minimum bends in the routing. In case of tight routings use slightly longer cables to avoid tight bends. Incorrect routing shall increase the back lash in the system and also make it less efficient.
Regular and thorough inspection is a must. Any component found to have signs of excessive wear or causing excessive and/or rough motion should be replaced immediately.
Regularly inspect the steering cables. If steering cable shows signs of external wear or damage to any of its components, it should be replaced immediately. Increase in hardness in cable movement or decrease in stroke are other indicators that cable should be replaced immediately.
Corrosion is a continuous source of worry in marine applications. Corroded components will lead to reduction in efficiency and in extreme cases it may cause failure of the steering system.
All components of mechanical steering systems should be regularly inspected, cleaned and lubricated at regular intervals.
Components of mechanical steering system, namely, helms, cables, bezel kits and engine connection kits should not be repaired and should be replaced by complete units.
Whenever a boat is de-commissioned for long periods of time, the mechanical steering system should be removed, cleaned, lubricated and stored separately. The system should be checked for any damages before reinstalling it.
Last but not the least, always diagnose the problem area thoroughly and correctly before taking any corrective steps.