Removing A Steering Bracket
Posted March 27, 2012 - 11:01 AM
I'm new to this forum. Looks to be interesting. I'm looking for some help with my Craftsman II 917.254360. The nylon bushings if you will are worn out and the steering is binding up when making a turn. I bought a brand new steering bracket assembly, but am having difficulty removing the old one. It looks like I need to drive out the pin on the end of the steering shaft so that I can lift it out of the way. Has anyone ever attempted this? It's a good running tractor and I don't want to unload it, but the steering will really work you over.
Posted March 27, 2012 - 01:05 PM
Have you tried spraying some silicone on the bushing/steering shaft? Have you lifted/supported the front end of the tractor to see if it turns more easily? Have you greased the front spindles,shaft gear underneath, checked for and loose bolts,etc? I don't mean to ask dumb questions and I apologize but I always check everything on the old tractors, ya never know what is going on.
I went to the Sears website to find a diagram so as to take a look at what you are talking about. Their diagram isn't very easy to see. Is that a rollpin in the steering shaft you are talking about? (I have never worked on this particular item in a craftsman tractor, but I have on other tractors). If so, sometimes you need to soak them in some wd-40 or something like that for awhile so it will loosen up a little so you can then tap it out with a punch and a hammer. if there is enough pin sticking out you might be able to grab it with pliers to loosen it. Good luck, it's been there for a few years and is not meant to come out easily. Good luck! I hope this helps.
Posted March 27, 2012 - 04:24 PM
Posted March 27, 2012 - 05:29 PM
Welcome to the forum Albert.
Posted March 27, 2012 - 06:22 PM
Posted March 27, 2012 - 06:29 PM