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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:16 pm 
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Hi,
Apologies, as I'm certain this has been discussed, but for the life of me I can't find a post anywhere. My PA14's rudder will not move to either side. The cables inside have not broken. When I remove the cover and look at the assembly, it does not budge in either direction. I can hardly move the rudder myself lying underneath the kayak. Is it normal for the rudder to get so tight? Should I try oiling the assembly and waiting a while? What gives? All suggestions appreciated as I had to use my small paddle as a rudder today, and it's annoying.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:38 pm 
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Assuming the rudder did work and was not too tight......I would check to make sure the foam blocks on both sides, under the rudder tiller/handle, inside the hull, have not moved and possibly jammed the steering. That seems to be the most logical to me unless the rudder up/down line has somehow jammed the rudder turning drum.....that would be easy to see/inspect with the cover removed.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:22 pm 
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You might try releasing the tension by pulling out the tension adjuster. Then slowly tighten it back checking throw as you go. If it doesn't move after releasing the tension then something must be blocking the action.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:59 pm 
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Thanks for the suggestion. And sorry to add another question. What/where is the tension adjuster?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:06 am 
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When I remove the cover and look at the assembly, it does not budge in either direction.


Contact your dealer and file a warranty claim. You can get a new rudder post and brass insert. Your's is seized.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:43 pm 
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I had the same problem. The SS post and the brass welded together. Saltwater will do funny things. Hobie handled it under warranty.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:51 pm 
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Although I have only fished in fresh water, I did "liberally lube" my rudder post with Evenrude/Johnson waterproof grease when I changed my rudder to the larger model......nice to know about the potential of salt water corrosion/seizing.

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