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Old 10-03-2015, 11:30 PM   #1
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So I bought the 1994 3200 I was looking at and got it moved down to where we live.
Got the engines fired up today; they sounded good.
Some questions I have, though...
Is there a trick to starting the generator? Is one of the batteries just for the generator? I tried everything I could think of and couldn't get it to turn over.
Does the AC need both shore power cables plugged in to work? I just have one cable available now and I get nothing from the display.
My more important question is what does it take to get the steering arms off from the inside of the drives? One is all rusty and I want to clean it up, if not replace it.
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Old 10-04-2015, 03:53 AM   #2
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Yes one of the batteries should be for the generator, someone with this model will chime in with details.

Plug 2 is dedicated for the A/C power.

To remove a steering arm either the engine has to come out or you have to use mercruisers kit to drill the upper outside transom assembly to access the bolt and nuts that hold it on. The kit comes with plugs to insert into the holes when done. There is also an aftermarket kit that provides better access but the cover plate used is kind of hookie and requires lots of sealant.
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Thanks. So I should look to get a kit like this and not even bother with the Mercruiser one?
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Thanks. So I should look to get a kit like this and not even bother with the Mercruiser one?
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While this one gives better access than mercs the cover plate is hookie IMO.
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Is it worn in any way or just rusty, the amount of work to redo it just to make it look new is not worth it imo. They have sprays that you can use to clean it up and make it look good, that's if there is nothing wrong with it.
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Is it worn in any way or just rusty, the amount of work to redo it just to make it look new is not worth it imo. They have sprays that you can use to clean it up and make it look good, that's if there is nothing wrong with it.
One drive looks perfect on the inside, the other has some corrosion issues (I'll be checking out the Mercathode system later). I want to clean that one up on the inside. But both gimbals have a good bit of light surface corrosion, and I want to get them off, blast them, and properly coat them since they'll be in salt water. I don't believe anything is very worn. There is little to no play in the gimbal, but I'll change the bottom bearing of the gimbal at a minimum while it's all apart.
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One drive looks perfect on the inside, the other has some corrosion issues (I'll be checking out the Mercathode system later). I want to clean that one up on the inside. But both gimbals have a good bit of light surface corrosion, and I want to get them off, blast them, and properly coat them since they'll be in salt water. I don't believe anything is very worn. There is little to no play in the gimbal, but I'll change the bottom bearing of the gimbal at a minimum while it's all apart.
You started this thread with wanting to pull the steering arms now you are saying pull the gimbals (I am assuming you mean the gimbal rings) due to corrosion, how does the rest of the transom assembly look?

BTY there is not a lower bearing but instead its a bushing. The upper bearing and seal are know to go bad which leads to a rusted and sloppy swivel shaft.
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You started this thread with wanting to pull the steering arms now you are saying pull the gimbals (I am assuming you mean the gimbal rings) due to corrosion, how does the rest of the transom assembly look?

BTY there is not a lower bearing but instead its a bushing. The upper bearing and seal are know to go bad which leads to a rusted and sloppy swivel shaft.
Yes, I wanted to pull the arm because it's rusty, but I also want to get the gimbal ring off to clean it. I plan to sand blast and paint the transom assemblies on the hull.
And the Clymers manual I had showed the bearing and seals on the bottom, but top might make more sense.
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I've been slowly working on the drives. Finally got one of the bell housings off.
I was looking at the gimbal housings closely and I think one was replaced. Aside from it being in better condition and having a bead of caulk around the perimeter, the newer looking one doesn't have a zirk fitting for the gimbal bearing, while the older one does have the zirk. Should I just put sealed gimbal bearings in both, or put a grease-able one in the older gimbal?
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Your call on the bearing, the seal one will be fine in the older housing.
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