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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.



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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.

Let me clarify my first sentence - I bought it in 2005 at the end of the
cutting season but have used it every cutting season since, so used it
through 2006, 2007, and 2008. Now all of a sudden the steering is
difficult.


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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



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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?
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On Apr 14, 9:43�pm, "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.


I can't fix your problem, but I do have a BRAND NEW steering assembly
that fits a model 917.258552. Part number is 16702-917. If you need
this part it is appox. $85 + shipping from Sears. I'll sell it to you
for $50 + shippping. I bought a used rider and this came with it. I
sold the mower and not the assembly. Check yours out, it may use the
same part. If you want it, contact me elete this. I
will then give you my phone number.

Hank


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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.



Step #1 - check the tire pressure


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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 haven't tried that yet, but when on my driveway it is not as stiff as when
it is on the grass.


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On Apr 14, 8:43*pm, "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.


Most tractors could stand to have the steering knuckles removed every
few years and cleaned & greased, even ones with grease fittings there.
If you really want light steering take them to a bearing shop and fit
the part that goes through the Axel with thrust washers at the bottom
assuming there is room.
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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 !!!!


READ it again. I asked about tire pressure. WW

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.



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"Dimitrios Paskoudniakis" wrote in message
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"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.

Let me clarify my first sentence - I bought it in 2005 at the end of the
cutting season but have used it every cutting season since, so used it
through 2006, 2007, and 2008. Now all of a sudden the steering is
difficult.


Last time I checked out Sears lawn tractors, I decided not to buy because
one weak area that I noted was the flimsy front axle and steering mechanism.
Much of it is made of pressed sheet metal and could easily bend out of
alignment. Check yours, a bump at some time may have bent something in the
front end resulting in stiff steering.

I ended up with a John Deere, its front end is really heavy duty, easy to
lubricate and very light to steer.



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