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On Apr 14, 9:24 pm, wrote:
On Tue, 14 Apr 2009 20:12:31 -0600, "WW"
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"Dimitrios Paskoudniakis" wrote in message
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I just started using my tractor having bought it new at the end of the
summer 2005 mowing season.


Every year at this time I faithfully tune it up - change oil/oil
filter/spark plugs/air filter/fuel filter, clean the carb, take off the
deck/sharpen the blades, check the belts, ...


Having just completed all of the above, I'm finding the steering to be
very difficult. It feels like a car with power steering but the power
is
off - much more force is required to turn the steering wheel. It is
also
difficult to steer back to straight from a hard turn.


What could be the problem? Could it be a simple lubrication solution,
or
something more significant like a bearing/bushing in a wheel/axle
assembly? I see no obvious visual indications.


The model is 917.275702, 24 hp, 48" deck.
Maybe a dumb answer, but have you checked tire pressure. Assuming they
are
that type. WW


That was a real useful reply. I just love people who quote a message
and dont add anything !!!!

To the OP. Lawn tractors are notorious for having problems with the
steering gears. I's look at them. They easily wear out. Of course
you should be lubricating them too, as well as all the bearings from
the steering wheel to the tires. This includes the swivels, or in car
terminology, tie rod ends. Lube the entire sterring assembly and look
for worn parts. Dont forget to lube all wheel bearings too. - Hide quoted
text -

- Show quoted text -


How does it steer if the front wheels are off the ground, is it still
stiff?

_________________

I jacked the front off the ground. Steering is still quite stiff, though
not quite as stiff as on the ground.

If anything, tire pressure was high. I adjusted all tires to spec pressure.

I lubricated all steering mechanisms with WD-40. This helped somewhat, but
there is still some degree of stiffness. At times I hear a squeak on turns
as well.

Whatever the source of the stiffness is, is still there, not quite as severe
with the WD-40.

Now what?



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"Dimitrios Paskoudniakis" wrote in message
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"hr(bob) " wrote in message
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On Apr 14, 9:24 pm, wrote:
On Tue, 14 Apr 2009 20:12:31 -0600, "WW"
wrote:







"Dimitrios Paskoudniakis" wrote in message
...
I just started using my tractor having bought it new at the end of the
summer 2005 mowing season.


Every year at this time I faithfully tune it up - change oil/oil
filter/spark plugs/air filter/fuel filter, clean the carb, take off
the
deck/sharpen the blades, check the belts, ...


Having just completed all of the above, I'm finding the steering to be
very difficult. It feels like a car with power steering but the power
is
off - much more force is required to turn the steering wheel. It is
also
difficult to steer back to straight from a hard turn.


What could be the problem? Could it be a simple lubrication solution,
or
something more significant like a bearing/bushing in a wheel/axle
assembly? I see no obvious visual indications.


The model is 917.275702, 24 hp, 48" deck.
Maybe a dumb answer, but have you checked tire pressure. Assuming they
are
that type. WW


That was a real useful reply. I just love people who quote a message
and dont add anything !!!!

To the OP. Lawn tractors are notorious for having problems with the
steering gears. I's look at them. They easily wear out. Of course
you should be lubricating them too, as well as all the bearings from
the steering wheel to the tires. This includes the swivels, or in car
terminology, tie rod ends. Lube the entire sterring assembly and look
for worn parts. Dont forget to lube all wheel bearings too. - Hide quoted
text -

- Show quoted text -


How does it steer if the front wheels are off the ground, is it still
stiff?

_________________

I jacked the front off the ground. Steering is still quite stiff, though
not quite as stiff as on the ground.

If anything, tire pressure was high. I adjusted all tires to spec
pressure.

I lubricated all steering mechanisms with WD-40. This helped somewhat,
but there is still some degree of stiffness. At times I hear a squeak on
turns as well.

Whatever the source of the stiffness is, is still there, not quite as
severe with the WD-40.

Now what?


Also, no obvious visual issues.

I'm not sure how the wheel bearings could be a potential issue. This is for
wheel forward rotation, not lateral rotation. Besides, when I had the
tractor jacked up, the wheels spun freely just fine.

There is an axle assembly out of which the left and right spindle assemblies
come out to go to the wheels. I don't know if there is a bearing or bushing
inside where the spindles come out that could be the issue.


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Dimitrios Paskoudniakis wrote:
"hr(bob) " wrote in message
...
On Apr 14, 9:24 pm, wrote:
On Tue, 14 Apr 2009 20:12:31 -0600, "WW"
wrote:







"Dimitrios Paskoudniakis" wrote in message
...
I just started using my tractor having bought it new at the end of the
summer 2005 mowing season.
Every year at this time I faithfully tune it up - change oil/oil
filter/spark plugs/air filter/fuel filter, clean the carb, take off the
deck/sharpen the blades, check the belts, ...
Having just completed all of the above, I'm finding the steering to be
very difficult. It feels like a car with power steering but the power
is
off - much more force is required to turn the steering wheel. It is
also
difficult to steer back to straight from a hard turn.
What could be the problem? Could it be a simple lubrication solution,
or
something more significant like a bearing/bushing in a wheel/axle
assembly? I see no obvious visual indications.
The model is 917.275702, 24 hp, 48" deck.
Maybe a dumb answer, but have you checked tire pressure. Assuming they
are
that type. WW

That was a real useful reply. I just love people who quote a message
and dont add anything !!!!

To the OP. Lawn tractors are notorious for having problems with the
steering gears. I's look at them. They easily wear out. Of course
you should be lubricating them too, as well as all the bearings from
the steering wheel to the tires. This includes the swivels, or in car
terminology, tie rod ends. Lube the entire sterring assembly and look
for worn parts. Dont forget to lube all wheel bearings too. - Hide quoted
text -

- Show quoted text -


How does it steer if the front wheels are off the ground, is it still
stiff?

_________________

I jacked the front off the ground. Steering is still quite stiff, though
not quite as stiff as on the ground.

If anything, tire pressure was high. I adjusted all tires to spec pressure.

I lubricated all steering mechanisms with WD-40. This helped somewhat, but
there is still some degree of stiffness. At times I hear a squeak on turns
as well.

Whatever the source of the stiffness is, is still there, not quite as severe
with the WD-40.

Now what?


Well first of all you didn't LUBRICATE anything with WD-40. It's not a
lubricant. What you need to do is lubricate the moving parts and
different spots with chassis grease. Not oil, not graphite, not pam.
GREASE. Get in there and find all the places where things touch and
GREASE them.
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In article ,
Steve Barker wrote:

Well first of all you didn't LUBRICATE anything with WD-40. It's not a
lubricant. What you need to do is lubricate the moving parts and
different spots with chassis grease. Not oil, not graphite, not pam.
GREASE. Get in there and find all the places where things touch and
GREASE them.


Aw, c'mon, Steve. First you diss WD-40, and now you're claiming PAM
isn't a lubricant, either. Next thing you know, you'll be telling the OP
not to use Astroglide on the tractor.
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Smitty Two wrote:
In article ,
Steve Barker wrote:

Well first of all you didn't LUBRICATE anything with WD-40. It's not a
lubricant. What you need to do is lubricate the moving parts and
different spots with chassis grease. Not oil, not graphite, not pam.
GREASE. Get in there and find all the places where things touch and
GREASE them.


Aw, c'mon, Steve. First you diss WD-40, and now you're claiming PAM
isn't a lubricant, either. Next thing you know, you'll be telling the OP
not to use Astroglide on the tractor.


ROTFLMMFAO!!! had to google that one!

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Did you ever find the problem with your steering and if so how did you fix it? I'm having the same problem. I've greased everything and checked the tire pressure as well as checked as well as possible for any bends but everything seems to be how it should but the death thing still wont turn! Any help or advice would be great! Thanks in advance.
Maggie
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replying to Steve Barker, Maggie wrote:
Were you able to find and fix the problem with the unbelievably tight
steering? I'm having the exact problem you are. I've done all the stuff
you've done with the greasing everything, checking tire pressure etc... but
like with you it hasn't helped me either. Any help with how you fixed yours
would be great. Thanks so much! Have a great day

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On Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 7:43:21 PM UTC-6, Dimitrios Paskoudniakis wrote:
I just started using my tractor having bought it new at the end of the
summer 2005 mowing season.

Every year at this time I faithfully tune it up - change oil/oil
filter/spark plugs/air filter/fuel filter, clean the carb, take off the
deck/sharpen the blades, check the belts, ...

Having just completed all of the above, I'm finding the steering to be very
difficult. It feels like a car with power steering but the power is off -
much more force is required to turn the steering wheel. It is also
difficult to steer back to straight from a hard turn.

What could be the problem? Could it be a simple lubrication solution, or
something more significant like a bearing/bushing in a wheel/axle assembly?
I see no obvious visual indications.

The model is 917.275702, 24 hp, 48" deck.


POOR freaking design. I have one of these machines.
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On Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 8:35:09 PM UTC-4, Roy wrote:
On Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 7:43:21 PM UTC-6, Dimitrios Paskoudniakis wrote:
I just started using my tractor having bought it new at the end of the
summer 2005 mowing season.

Every year at this time I faithfully tune it up - change oil/oil
filter/spark plugs/air filter/fuel filter, clean the carb, take off the
deck/sharpen the blades, check the belts, ...

Having just completed all of the above, I'm finding the steering to be very
difficult. It feels like a car with power steering but the power is off -
much more force is required to turn the steering wheel. It is also
difficult to steer back to straight from a hard turn.

What could be the problem? Could it be a simple lubrication solution, or
something more significant like a bearing/bushing in a wheel/axle assembly?
I see no obvious visual indications.

The model is 917.275702, 24 hp, 48" deck.


POOR freaking design. I have one of these machines.


you need to look under the machine while someone turns the steering wheel and see which parts rub and which parts may already have grooves worn into them

I have resolved the groove issue in mine by pulling UP on the steering wheel and using a hose clamp around the steering wheel shaft housing to hold it in the elevated position. This moves the steering rod up to a new position so the groove is in a new position.

Look under there while turning the wheel and the problem should become clear.


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