I have a Sunfast 37 with Goiot steering pedestal / wheel.
I am getting quite a lot of lateral movement on the wheel so am guessing the bush/bearing around the spindle/shaft is badly worn and needs replacing?
Have taken the wheel off but am unsure how to remove the central unit that the 5 Allen bolts that hold the wheel on? I have taken the central nut off but the unit appears to be seized on. Any ideas? Wondering if I should use the wheel brake to lever it off. Is there something else I need to do?
I am hoping once I remove the central unit that it will reveal the bush that I am hoping slides off, however if any one has done this or knows how to do it your help would be appreciated.
Also you know where I can source a replacement bush/bearing?
Not sure if I can help as my 36.2 has a Whitlock steering pedestal but it looks to me like you might be dealing with some dissimilar metals there. Something that may help to free up sticking parts is mixing together an ounce each of acetone and vegetable oil..brake fluid can also be used in place of vegetable oil but I think it would be a bit messier and more toxic.... then shake it up in a little container to get it mixed and immediately apply it. Start working the stuck parts right away... Pb Blaster, Kroil and anything else I tried would not touch the screws that hold the end brackets of my traveler but this mixture had those screws out in 15 minutes. I know we are talking apples and oranges regarding the issue, but it may be worth a try and something to remember for stuck parts in the future. Good luck to you!!
I was searching this site a bit... go to the top of the page to the navigation bar and navigate to “boards” .... then to “equipment and commissioning”.... then use the search bar and type in “goiot steering”. There seemed to be quite a bit of information in the threads there that may offer some help with your situation. The administrator Malcom P may also be able to point you in a good direction as well. He is a wealth of knowledge on this site. Paul
Hi the boss is on a keyed taper. only the nut holds it on. you will need a puller to remove it. you could try boiling water then re-assemble the wheel and try to 'rock' the wheel to release it. Once removed there are two screws behind the brake that attach the bearing holder inside the tube. On my SO35 these screws had come loose causing lateral movement of the wheel. Once tightened all was well.
Your pedestal looks just like mine, including the disintegrating Goiot decal. Use the brake to push it off. It works well. Take a look at the axle for the wheel and see whether any of the C-clips have broken. I have one that be broken, so that the axle moves slightly fore-and-aft, but not laterally. It could be that the lateral movement is due to slack in the wires, or in the chain that runs over the axle.
You will also have to remove the compass and the top of the pedestal, where all your electronics displays are mounted, to get to the interior of the steering mechanism. It is not hard, but there are likely a LOT of wires there, so try to be gentle and not distrurb them.