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Should you hire a mechanic to replace a boat's broken steering cable?

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Deciding between replacing your boat's steering cable on your own or hiring a mechanic depends on your knowledge of your boat's wiring system's, your access to tutorials and your overall mechanical competence. Some websites offer advice on replacing cables, and there are several tutorial videos on YouTube as of 2016.

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Jamestown Distributors, a boating retailer, offers tutorials, Q&As and technical manuals for some of the products it sells, including Teleflex Marine's steering system. One of the retailer's experts answers common questions about ordering the right size steering cable and how to take the measurements on watercraft.

If you feel more comfortable following a video tutorial, check out some of the steering cable replacement videos on YouTube. Pay attention to the credentials of the person making the video, as it may be an amateur. If you look over these tutorials and still have doubts about your ability to replace the steering cable, consult a professional mechanic to perform the replacement.

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