Owning a new boat ultimately brings the reality of performing both scheduled and nonscheduled maintenance. This doesn’t have to be onerous, though — have fun with these projects and make them an enjoyable part of your overall boating experience.
In this situation, you’ll need to get some hydraulic-steering fluid that meets Mil-Spec H-5606C standards, such as Teleflex Sea Star No. HA 5430 ; an adapter hose, like Teleflex Sea Star No. HA 5438 ; and a pushpin from the bulletin board in your office. A rag also helps.
1] Screw the adapter and fill tube onto the bottle of steering fluid.
2] Locate the filler screw on the helm unit to which the steering wheel is mounted. Remove it, being careful not to let any debris fall into the reservoir, nor to lose the filler screw O-ring.
3] Screw the threaded adapter onto the fill hole. Invert the bottle.
4] Now prick a hole in the side of the fluid bottle — near the bottom, but on the side of the bottle — with the pushpin, creating a vent that allows the fluid to flow .
5] Turn the wheel lock-to-lock repeatedly, looking for bubbles in the bottle. Continue turning until no more bubbles appear.
6] Place the pushpin in the “vent” you pricked, remove the filler hose, and replace the filler cap. With the pin in place, the bottle will store leak-free on a shelf in your shop.