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Steering fluid reservoir

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  1. doorpro

    doorpro Member

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    Hello again,

    I need to fill the hydraulic steering reservoir as my steering has become very tough but for the life of me i can't find the darned thing.

    I have a 2000 Silverton 453 and the only place that I haven't looked is unter the stairs to the aft deck where all the power, satellite and phone connections are.

    Does anyone know where to find this reservior?

    As usual, any help will be greatly appreciated and i thank you all in advance.

    regards,
    Doug.

    ps. I'm also having to change the bilge pump in the stern and i have now idea how Silverton expected anyone to reach that darned thing if your over 100lbs.. :D
  2. K1W1

    K1W1 Senior Member

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    Hi,

    How do you know it is a lack of fluid that is making your steering stiff?

    It is more likely to be a lack of grease somewhere in the system because if it were low on fluid the pump would turn easily but your rudders would not move.

    I am not familiar with your model of boat but have you looked behind the steering wheel to see if the helm pump is it's own reservoir?
  3. Hattsoff

    Hattsoff New Member

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    I'm not familiar with that exact model or year but on a newer Silverton 45C, there is a fill cap right at the helm by the wheel.

    Some of the Searays have a center cap on the wheel itself that you have to remove a few screws to get at to fill it.

    Also, as K1W1 already pointed out, how do you know it's a lack of fluid? Perhaps something is binding from lack of grease. If it turns out you do need fluid you may also want to check for leaks in the system. Let us know what you find out.
  4. admiral

    admiral New Member

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    I own a 1986 37 silverton , the reservor is under cockpit hatch and above the rudder linkage
  5. Pascal

    Pascal Senior Member

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    Many boats in that size range have hynautic steering with a pressurized steering reservoir. It is usually in the ER or somewhere down below. You will need a bike hand pump to pump it back to 15 PSI or so

    On some boats with single helm you may refill the system at the helm, small cap on top of the helm pump itself

    That said stiff steering is usually not a symptom of low fluid. Low fluid usually results in the wheel turning loose before Building pressure

    Stiff steering could indeed be a lubrication problem or something bent.
  6. Pascal

    Pascal Senior Member

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    As to the bilge pump being hard to reach... Welcome to boat ownership!

    Most production builders don't give the proverbial nr 2 about ease of service
  7. admiral

    admiral New Member

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    my steering fluid reservoir at the stern has its own pump and fillcap . at the helm there is a bleeder cap for purging air from the system . I am not sure of the make . I will be going to the boat on sunday and I will find this out .