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    What are you working on? Pulling the plastic steering wheel from the metal shaft???? Pretty sure they all have handlebars. Steering cable connects lower part of steering support. RR

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFWX22 View Post
    I've decided that Sea Doos are POS s. I now have spent 6 hours trying to remove the steering wheel to replace the steering cable. Apparently, Sea Doo epoxies the steering wheel to the shaft. I've pulled so hard - after fabricating a steering wheel puller since none made fit. It is so glued or otherwise permanently attached that the force was so great it is ripping off the steering wheel plastic.

    At this point, my only option is to use to cut off as much of the steering wheel as possible, then go at it with a dremel (having to buy one for that), hoping somehow I can cut of enough to replace basically everything - but figuring probably nothing is available. I'm gathering if the steering cable goes out on a Sea Doo you just have to throw it away.

    Everything about this Sea Doo mechanically has been like that. Pulling or replacing a steering wheel is a 5 minute task. It has nothing to do with the age of the boat. It has to do with Sea Doo apparently wanting their boats to be throw aways - and quickly even for fairly routine servicing items.

    I've had at least 25 boats and 4 PWCs. This Sea Doo is becoming the only one I think I'm coming to truly hate. I don't think it is because it is 12 years old. I've had boats from new to 60 years old. Last month I started on a 1960s boat. The steering wheel came of instantly - took maybe 2 minutes. Sea Doo clearly deliberately made it so the steer wheel - and therefore the steering cable is virtually non-replaceable.

    It is so bad that when I have called area Sea Doo dealers to replace the carbon gasket - which Sea Doo recommends every 300 to 400 hours, that they ALL said that while they are Sea Doo dealers, they won't work on them.Is there ANY other manufacturer dealer - cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, PWCs - that refuse to do any repairs to what they sell new?

    That they are toys is not a defense. There is NO defense to deliberately making their watercraft unable to be serviced even for servicing they recommend. Particularly when lack of servicing can cause them to sink and possible drown everyone on board or strand them at sea?

    The bottomline? At best, in my opinion, a new Sea Doo is good for not more than 400 hours - and that is assuming nothing breaks before then. They appear to be designed and even assembled deliberately to make so they can not be serviced or even kept safe from sinking.

    That's sad as generally the design seems superior as a concept. But to deliberately make their craft non-repairable is outrageous. I wish I hadn't spent 50 hours bringing it to better than new bling appearance. I'm over 60 and in my entire life I have never run across this before - and I've restored many cars and boats as old as 75 years old. NO other manufacturer made their vehicles and vessels deliberately unable to do the most simple and routine servicing.

    I may spend the 5 to 10 more hours cutting apart the steering wheel and fabricating a cable to work - or I'll just junk it. My conscious won't all me to sell it and I never bother parting anything out. I do understand why I bought it a near give-away price, even though the prior sucker put in an new 260 hp Rotax, new pump, new impeller and a lot of other performance parts. I was chump #2. There won't be a third.

    Sorry for my rant. I've just never come across this before from any other manufacturer. Are these made in China or something?
    Again, sounds like the OP doesn't have a clue what he's talking about...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFWX22 View Post
    I've decided that Sea Doos are POS s. I now have spent 6 hours trying to remove the steering wheel to replace the steering cable. Apparently, Sea Doo epoxies the steering wheel to the shaft. I've pulled so hard - after fabricating a steering wheel puller since none made fit. It is so glued or otherwise permanently attached that the force was so great it is ripping off the steering wheel plastic.

    At this point, my only option is to use to cut off as much of the steering wheel as possible, then go at it with a dremel (having to buy one for that), hoping somehow I can cut of enough to replace basically everything - but figuring probably nothing is available. I'm gathering if the steering cable goes out on a Sea Doo you just have to throw it away.

    Everything about this Sea Doo mechanically has been like that. Pulling or replacing a steering wheel is a 5 minute task. It has nothing to do with the age of the boat. It has to do with Sea Doo apparently wanting their boats to be throw aways - and quickly even for fairly routine servicing items.

    I've had at least 25 boats and 4 PWCs. This Sea Doo is becoming the only one I think I'm coming to truly hate. I don't think it is because it is 12 years old. I've had boats from new to 60 years old. Last month I started on a 1960s boat. The steering wheel came of instantly - took maybe 2 minutes. Sea Doo clearly deliberately made it so the steer wheel - and therefore the steering cable is virtually non-replaceable.

    It is so bad that when I have called area Sea Doo dealers to replace the carbon gasket - which Sea Doo recommends every 300 to 400 hours, that they ALL said that while they are Sea Doo dealers, they won't work on them.Is there ANY other manufacturer dealer - cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, PWCs - that refuse to do any repairs to what they sell new?

    That they are toys is not a defense. There is NO defense to deliberately making their watercraft unable to be serviced even for servicing they recommend. Particularly when lack of servicing can cause them to sink and possible drown everyone on board or strand them at sea?

    The bottomline? At best, in my opinion, a new Sea Doo is good for not more than 400 hours - and that is assuming nothing breaks before then. They appear to be designed and even assembled deliberately to make so they can not be serviced or even kept safe from sinking.

    That's sad as generally the design seems superior as a concept. But to deliberately make their craft non-repairable is outrageous. I wish I hadn't spent 50 hours bringing it to better than new bling appearance. I'm over 60 and in my entire life I have never run across this before - and I've restored many cars and boats as old as 75 years old. NO other manufacturer made their vehicles and vessels deliberately unable to do the most simple and routine servicing.

    I may spend the 5 to 10 more hours cutting apart the steering wheel and fabricating a cable to work - or I'll just junk it. My conscious won't all me to sell it and I never bother parting anything out. I do understand why I bought it a near give-away price, even though the prior sucker put in an new 260 hp Rotax, new pump, new impeller and a lot of other performance parts. I was chump #2. There won't be a third.

    Sorry for my rant. I've just never come across this before from any other manufacturer. Are these made in China or something?
    You need to put your tools down as you have no clue what your doing. Steering cable replacement does not require removal of the steering system at all.
    Get a manual.

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    Are you talking about a steering helm in a jet boat? If so the wheel may be on a tapered shaft with a locating key. If you do have a puller that fits and loads up well hit the centre bolt hard with a solid hammer and it should break free from the taper lock, if that doesn't work you can try heat or then you will have to drill or cut the helm or wheel, not sure that is the case ?

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    What are you working on? I get that you’re frustrated but that’s why this forum exists. There is no reason you should have to cut anything to replace a steering cable . Look at a parts diagram on this site or get a manual.


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    Quote Originally Posted by whatnissan View Post
    What are you working on? I get that you’re frustrated but that’s why this forum exists. There is no reason you should have to cut anything to replace a steering cable . Look at a parts diagram on this site or get a manual.
    ^^^ This!

    Maybe share what model or, better yet, post some photos. There are incredibly knowledgeable people on here that are willing to help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFWX22 View Post
    ... I have an '07 Sea Doo ...
    2007 Seadoo - what model?

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    put down the tools and take a step back.

    now ask a detailed question here as to what you need fixed and someone here most likely can guide you through it if you are mechanically inclined at all.

    every dealer is different and some don't work on anything they did not sell. just because they sell PWC's now does not mean they sold jetboats in the past. a marina or boat dealer should be able to tell you of a mechanic that will work on it though. just ask around.

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