I thought I had already sent a reply, but must have goofed.
Sounds like a new way for dealers to make money servicing steering.
My recommendation, especially if you have to pull the tank, is to have a
fitting installed so you can grease it next time. Someone even makes a nice
little extender so you can grease it from the engine compartment instead of
lifting floorboards, seats, etc. I can't find where I saw it, but am
looking if anyone knows. Most likely, the binding is coming not in the port
itself, but at the end of the steering cable. There may be a fitting there
even if there isn't one on the port itself. It may also be binding at the
steering head, either in the head itself, or at the cable end. Depending on
the type, you may be able to service it, but probably not. If they are
using a greasless rudder port, they probably have a non-servicable steering
head that has to be repleaced instead of greased. My 89 MasterCraft came
that way, and I changed out the whole thing with a Teleflex setup that
required modifications, but is superior to the original. I haven't kept up
with what is coming in new boats, so best wishes.
My final thought is that if you have to do a lot to service something, spend
a little more up front to make it easier the next time. Sooner or later you
get a boat that is easy to work on. (Then you trade it in on a new one.)
>Does anybody know why Correct Craft has started using rudder ports that
>do not have grease fittings on them?
>Is this an EPA thing?
>Do any other manufacturers still use rudder ports with zerc fittings on
>I used to grease them every 100 or so hours to keep the mechanism
>working freely, but when I went to do that last summer on my '97 SN
>(after it started binding up), I found out that there is no longer a
>grease fitting. This winter I pulled the entire mechanism down for
>inspection, greased it up and put it back together, so I should be fine
>for most of next summer, but it seems like an awful lot of messing
>around for something that should be a very simple regular maintenance
>I would at least like to hear the theory of why we shouldn't need to
>grease them anymore.