1997 doral 230 cc with 5.7l mercruiser ratcheting noise when turned hard.

by Mario
(Montreal Canada )

I have recently purchased the boat and, although it was fine when I sea tested it, there seems to be a ratcheting sound from the outdrive when turned hard and trimmed down.

If I raise the trim 1/4 way up the sound is still there but not as loud. I have replaced the gimbal and the u- joints. The engine alignment is good and the coupler looks fine.
Someone pointed me to a power steering problem.
I would like some of your comments on the power steering scenario.
I don't want to spend more needless money than I have to.

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