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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:52 am 
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My kayak has only been used 5-6 times and I'm getting a clicking noise when I turn either direction. It turns fine then kind of stops and I have to put more pressure on it to turn the knob and it "pops" and then I can turn. Same going back the opposite direction. Could i need the new steering fix that hobie has for the 2013's?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:56 am 
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Location: vero beach, fl
first thing, before ordering up a fix, is to find out what the noise is. just poke your head in and follow the steering cable from stem to stern to find the noise. may just be to cables rubbing each other in an odd way. one of our boats makes a noise like rubbing on guitar strings sometimes.
after you trace the cable to the rear, remove the steering drum cover and check to see that everything is kosher. have a buddy work the steering while you investigate.
i know this sounds elementary, but find out what is really going on before dropping off with the dealer.

cheers.
drew

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:55 am 
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Will do thanks Drew.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:50 am 
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I have the same issue...but I haven't taken time to determine the cause. If I figure it out, I'll let you know.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:15 am 
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It's most likely the spectra line rubbing against the horizontal arms attached to the rudder shaft/knob. They can be bent down to offer some clearance. Like Drew says, stick your head in the hatch while moving the rudder knob.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:31 pm 
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Turns out the noise was the spectra steering line catching on the tackle tray when I opened the hatch then closed it while on the water. It was hanging down a little too much and would catch. I tightened it up in the back where you access the rudder turning mechanism and it works fine now. Just wondering how tight the steering should be though, it seems a little too tight now..maybe I should loosen it a bit?


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