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    OPAS causing hard steering

    I have my OPAS paddles blocked in the up position and evidently sand got into the OPAS pistons while on a river ride last fall and now the OPAS is causing hard steering. I've taken the blocks out that held up the paddles and they are stuck in the up position. Is there a way to get those cleaned out so that I can get rid of my hard steering? Thanks.


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    i have had that happen a few times to me -- i was always able to get the hose out and flush the mess out -- it takes time and alot of moving the paddles back and forth -- i have since removed the opas ( a couple of days ago ) and man the steering is easy now

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    Thanks. Do did you take the paddles off to flush them out or just hook a hose up and do it that way? I thought riding it without the blocks might flush it out but no such luck yet.

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    when i had the paddles on i kept the blocks in and was able to flush it that way -- it just takes time -- i never took the opas off to flush them

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    So did you just ride it and it eventually flushed out or did you do it on the hose? Thanks.

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    put your ski in the driveway -- let the front of the trailer all the way down --pull out the garden hose -- grab a beer and pull up a seat and start flushing the opas out -- it takes time with needing to move the paddles side to side alot with one hand and hose in other -- do that for a bit --get a drink of beer and continue -- do this until beer is empty -- then keep flushing the other side -- with another beer

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    We are talking about two different problems evidently. My piston chambers seem to be full of sand so doing what your talking about won't do anything for my issue. Thanks.

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    Look on top of your pump nozzle, there is a piece of white plastic with a hose on it screwed in there. take off the hose and unscrew the plastic piece out, there is a screen in there that gets clogged,clean that screen and see if it helps.

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    that is another way of doing it -- in the past i had mine clogged with sand and seaweed and was able to wash it out with out disassembly -- but taking the set screw out on top of the paddle and doing that is another way of doing it

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