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Captain
Posts: 807
Registered: ‎08-20-2017

Re: Steering stiffness with Brand New 2016 90HP HO Tiller

I just found the parts breakdown for the tiller handle kit. The most likely cause of high steering effort would be a lack of lubrication on the steering rod that slides through the steering tension clamp and tilt tube. Evinrude Triple Guard (blue) grease should be coating the steering rod inside the tilt tube.
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Skipper
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎08-07-2018

Re: Steering stiffness with Brand New 2016 90HP HO Tiller

So ... we were fortunate enough to "bribe" our go-to technician who just happens to live nearby to pop by the house and determine if it was going to be a quick fix or whether we should bring it down to them.  After checking everything over it was determined that the tension screw had been left tightened down at some point for too long resulting in a slight bend in the tensioner that was causing the increased friction.  He is optimistic that by leaving a screwdriver as a mini pry bar in the tension clamp until our next outing should resolve our issue.  It is already sliding way more freely so we think this will work out.  He recommended that the tension clamp not be used much at all (and certainly not during trailering) unless some minor tightening is required during operation (then backed off).  He also recommended that we apply grease to the tilt tube and via the nipples since it was lightly greased and after my wife took it to Manitoba (from Alberta) for a fishing trip it accumulated a fair bit of dust from gravel roads.  So we cleaned it up and believe the next outing we should have no further issues.  I hope this may help someone out who is experiencing a similar issue.  Thank you all again for your input.  If something else develops I will expand the thread with the new information! 

 

Thank god I won't lose valuable time in the open water season waiting for a fix!!

 

Peace!

 

FFG 

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Admiral
Posts: 8,818
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Steering stiffness with Brand New 2016 90HP HO Tiller

Glad to hear it.

 

 

 


"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
                    -- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald 


 



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The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.

The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.


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Skipper
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎08-07-2018

Re: Steering stiffness with Brand New 2016 90HP HO Tiller

Uh Oh !  My Wife is really mad now ... 

 

BACKSTORY ,,, So this year we took out the boat together twice in Alberta ... just before we went out we cleaned and greased the tiller steering components with Evinrude grease via the 2 nipples.  We also have never used the tensioner again since the first years issues arose.  It was a bit stiff for me to steer at low speeds but once on plane and trimmed right I was able to enjoy the boat with an "acceptable" level of stiffness in the steering.  We used it twice locally and while at times I had to use a bit of muscle to steer it didn't alarm me too much but it was the first runs of the year and wew use the trolling motor 95% of the time and the tiller for "big moves on smallish lakes". 

 

Fast forwad to last night when I took a call from a furious wife who had taken the boat and 2 girlfriends fishing 10hrs away to BC ... it would seem that the steering was impossible for her to manage without using both arms and all her strength.  There has to be something wrong here as she remembers the earliest days of driving the boat where she could manage it at high or low speeds effortlessly (keep in mind she was using the boat alone for 20 outings before I got to drive it).  Before anyone leaps to any conclusions about women boaters ... my wife has fished from boats for longer (years) and more on water days than most avid fishermen.  So there has been no impacts with anything, prop is brand new, skag untouched, it is technically in the start of its second season with maybe 50 actual hrs on the motor. 

 

Has anyone else experienced this since I first posted ? or had chronic problems with steering stiffness in an 90HP HO tiller?  

 

We are obviously going to try to talk with our "guy" and see what he can do but I fear that we are into a long wait to get this addressed at a Marina and it isn't going to help her today and tomorrow. 

 

Should I just try and buy an after market steering assist if there is one? 

 

I thank everyone in advance again for your assistance !

 

FFG 

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Admiral
Posts: 8,818
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Steering stiffness with Brand New 2016 90HP HO Tiller

 

 

Tight steering is a dangerous situation and it should be repaired correctly before using the motor again. 

 

 

 


"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
                    -- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald 


 



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The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.

The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.


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Skipper
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎08-07-2018

Re: Steering stiffness with Brand New 2016 90HP HO Tiller

Agreed Bluewater!  Trying to figure out when and how to get this confirmed by an Evinrude specialist and fixed.  I hope it will be covered under its 10 yr warranty.

 

Interesting update.  So it would seem that our steering pivot arm is slightly bent which causes tightness in the steering on either end of the swing and relatively smooth in the middle position according to a Yamaha mechanic.  For the life of me I am trying to understand how this bend would happen.  We are experienced botors, take impeccable care of it and it is so lightly used?  Could the installation cause this bend to form if all the hoses and wires are not properly fitted through the ducting?  I am eager to hear other theories as to how this could happen if you rule out abuse.  That said there was a learning curve we went through with Evinrude and a tiller motor of this HP so perhaps we could have inadvertently bent it through "normal" operation.  Other than abuse I am willing to entertain all possible options.

 

Thoughts folks?

 

FFG