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Steering pump 19 Oct 2020 17:00 #119114

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Sue Horsup wrote: Many thanks to those who responded. I will put more in thank you.


If filling to "The Top" now in relatively cool weather, don't be surprised if oil "Leaks" from the air vent in the top of the bung when it gets hot, this is normal and is due to expansion.

Those with engineering experience modify the system in some way to remove this problem, Colin suggests one way, I used a different method, others just live with it as Peter suggests.

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Steering pump 19 Oct 2020 14:54 #119110

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Haha just love auto correct. Thank you.

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Steering pump 19 Oct 2020 11:22 #119104

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Balliol Fowden wrote: If the oil level was very low then there may be sit in the system, which may work its way out (therefore check level a few times in the next 20 hours running) or may need to be vented at the steering ram. A spongy feel at full rudder angle might indicate air.

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Don’t know where “sit” came from. I’m sure I typed “air”! The perils of auto correct!

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Steering pump 19 Oct 2020 11:20 #119103

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If the oil level was very low then there may be sit in the system, which may work its way out (therefore check level a few times in the next 20 hours running) or may need to be vented at the steering ram. A spongy feel at full rudder angle might indicate air.

Balliol.

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Steering pump 19 Oct 2020 10:43 #119102

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Many thanks to those who responded. I will put more in thank you.

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Steering pump 19 Oct 2020 09:04 #119100

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>usually find myself mopping up at least as much as I've put in!
Hence my adaption of the breather hole 🤔🤔

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Steering pump 18 Oct 2020 23:58 #119098

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My hydraulic steering system is topped up through a removable bung in the top of the wheel boss. It should be brim full although in practice this will expand during hot weather leaving oil on the floor. The important thing is to prevent air from entering below the boss, so filling brim full isn't necessary. Having said that, with my system it's impossible to see the level, so I do top it up once a year and usually find myself mopping up at least as much as I've put in!

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Steering pump 18 Oct 2020 17:46 #119083

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With my pump, I've covered all the mechanical bits inside. The filler cap also has a small breather hole. So I've bored that out and brazed in a short length of copper tube. The plastic hose to a small bottle to catch expansion. So, I keep my pump as full as I can get it.

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Steering pump 18 Oct 2020 17:07 #119082

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Hi all. Some simple advice please. I have recently bought a new barge and before we left her I was doing some maintenance checks. Can anyone tell me what the oil level should be in my steering helm pump. I have a Hydraflex HD63 and the manual tells me how much oil it holds and that the level should regularly checked but it does not show a level. When I take the cap off the top I can see the cylinder inside but no oil, should the oil level be over the cylinder ? There is no sight glass anywhere.

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