• If this is your first visit to the iboats.com Boating Forums, be sure to check out the FAQ. To post a question or comment, begin by signing up. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.
  • ALL iboats Forum Members and Guests:
    To show our appreciation for your participation in the Forums, we're offering an exclusive Forums-only discount good for an additional 5% off your iboats.com order for a limited time.
    To redeem, simply call our Customer Service Team at 800-914-1123 (Open M-F, 9am - 8pm Eastern Time) and mention the Forums 5% off discount. Offer excludes engines, trolling motors, and electronics.


Announcement Module

Help Tip: If you have a question that has not been answered to your satisfaction in the archives, it is always best to start a new thread of your own. By starting your own thread, you will receive the maximum number of views by forum members.

Below are some additional forum policies in hopes of all iboats members will follow, Thank you.

1. Please do not reply to old threads or hijack existing threads. Old threads of a technical nature are like a library book, Please do not write in them.

2. Old threads should be considered archives and used for reference only. Please do not reply to them.

3. Do not take over someone elseís thread (aka hijack) with your own question, even if it is similar. If you have a question that has not been covered to your satisfaction in the archives, it is always best to start a new thread of your own.

4. If you have a question for the original poster (OP) and the thread is over 30 days old, send the OP a PM, he may not even visit the forums any longer, or may not notice your question in the old thread.

5. By starting your own thread, you will receive the maximum number of views by forum helpers that may not even notice your question when itís posted at the end of someone elseís thread. And those answers will be specific to your particular issue.

6. Please do not post to threads that have been inactive for more than 3 months unless you are the original poster. We have very active forums and any thread that remains inactive for that long should be considered "dead". It is especially confusing when there is an entirely new question posted to an old thread.

7. Posting at the end of any thread is considered to be hijacking the original posters thread which in turn subjects the thread to be closed if it continues to happen thus not making it fair to the original poster in the future had for some reason he/she needed to return for additional information or provide an update of the problem solved which is always welcomed within a reasonable amount of time frame.

8. Please note that you should see a red banner pop up near the bottom of each inactive thread asking you not to reply to old threads. The Red banner will read: Please note this thread has been inactive for 90 days. For the best results, please start a new thread.

Thank you all in advance for doing your part in helping iboats run a smooth ship.

Additional forum rules linked below.
See more
See less

rusted steering tube

Page Title Module
Move Remove Collapse
Conversation Detail Module
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • rusted steering tube

    I have a 86 Johnson 50vro and when I try to tilt the motor up it goes very slow. Spraying wd-40 in the joint where it meets the motor helps but is only a temporary fix. I have also tried grease into the grease fittings but no more will go in. Will replacing the steering tube correct this problem and what is the easiest way to perform this task. If replacing, I would rather not remove the motor but will if I must.Thanks for all the help.

  • #2
    Re: rusted steering tube

    I'm not sure where your talking about cc. Is the tilt tube rusty? c/6Hooty


    • #3
      Re: rusted steering tube

      Chances are that the journals that surround that tilt tube have been swollen with guck,i.e. salt ,mud , incompatible grease,etc, you get the idea.The thing is ,you really should do something about this now or it will just get worse.Removing the tilt tube is no big deal if you have the room in the splashwell to remove the the steering ram. If not then you will have to unbolt the motor, pull it away from the transom, pull out the ram ,remove the big nuts from the tilt tube and carefully tap tap tap it out without mushrooming out anything or boogering up any threads.Clean it all up,the tube and the inner and outer journals,new bushings would be nice. Then put in the sparkly clean tilt tube with alot fo grease and repeat the whole thing in reverse.