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Date Posted: - Wednesday - 10/16/13 - 7:40pm
Author: Gitano
Subject: Edson Worm Gear
In reply to: Guy Davison 's message, "Helm shaft/Worm gear steering lubrication? Wheel is very hard to turn" on - Tuesday - 10/15/13 - 8:57pm

Hey Guy,
I took the worm gear assembly out and cleaned and greased it again (most of the grease was in the couple of grease cups at the bearing fittings). When I re-installed the assembly I discovered that the shim at the back where it attaches below the deck was not aligned properly which put some stress on the gear - this created resistance and made it more difficult to turn. I made new shims (teak wedges) and refastened through them to the underside of the deck. The wheel turns much easier now.

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[> [> Edson Worm Gear -- Guy Davison, - Saturday - 11/ 2/13 - 10:54pm

Thanks, I got it free by just working in grease into the little pressure cap things over and over.
Now to try and fix everything else on the boat..

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