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S&S Swan Maintenance - Squaky helm (steering wheel axis gasket), Swan 40 (040)
28 June 2022 - 19:39
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Join Date: 31 October 2020
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Squaky helm (steering wheel axis gasket), Swan 40 (040)

Hello, 

how can the steering wheel axis be maintained without dropping the chain to the pedestal and/or causing some other +15min extensions to a simple maintenance task? My problem is simple, but relatively annoying. The steering wheel axis started to squeak, a lot. Spraying wd40 from above or from the rear of the pedestal wont help. 

Thanks in advance! 

Veli-Matti (s/y Hanhi, Swan 40 # 040)

28 June 2022 - 20:05
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Join Date: 31 October 2020
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...here is a better format of the video

28 June 2022 - 20:25
#3
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 935

Dear Veli-Matti,

you should uplad the video on youtube (or another video channel) and lost the link here.

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)

28 June 2022 - 20:49
#4
Join Date: 31 October 2020
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Hello Matteo, 

lets try: (420) Squeaking steering - YouTube

/VM

 

28 June 2022 - 21:33
#5
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 935

Dear Veli-Matti,

thanks for the video. You definetly need to dismante axis and chain and overhaul (change) the bushes, and it will be ready for the next 50 years.

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)

29 June 2022 - 04:58
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Join Date: 03 March 2007
Posts: 240

Dear Veli-Matti

I had the same issue I am afraid your Delron bearings are worn. You will have to disassemble and replace these. WD does not help as you can't get on the working surface and if memory serves me ... should not be lubricated as it just attracts dirt exacerbating the situation. Not a bad job... pictures pictures pictures!!!

Fair Winds 

Mike from Storm Svale Swan 40 

 

 

29 June 2022 - 11:29
#7
Join Date: 31 October 2020
Posts: 11

Thanks Matteo & Mike, 

I'll try to obtain spares from Nautor and replace them to avoid additional dismantling process as loosening the steering chain from the quadrant will be a pain (in this weather at least, not complaining though). Nautor's service already confirmed that the noise does not compromise the function. 

Fair winds!

Veli-Matti (s/y Hanhi)

29 June 2022 - 12:05
#8
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 935

Dear Veli-Matti,

you can have them custom made by a machine shop for a few euro, as long as they are able to machine Delrin (AVOID Teflon). Tolerance must be less than 1/10 of mm.

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)

02 July 2022 - 07:49
#9
Join Date: 03 March 2007
Posts: 240

Matteo is right!  This is what I did.  My local machine shop made one for me. They also made the deron bearing for my rudder.

It is not a difficult job just greasy!!

 

Fair winds

 

Mike

26 July 2022 - 10:00
#10
Join Date: 20 October 2009
Posts: 3

Hei Veli-Matti,

I had my steering wheel axis bearings made at Protoshop, which is in Otaniemi, Espoo.  They fabricated it to exact dimension, correct material is Delrin or POM.

Best, Riku

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