After looking at that picture it makes me wonder what keeps the wheel from sliding down the shaft ? That tube right below it ? If it does it must rub when you tighten it down ?
How Would You Fix It?
Posted June 08, 2013 - 10:15 AM
Posted June 08, 2013 - 10:57 AM
I'm going to go with those who would shim it.
Vandalize an old feeler gauge and find the size that tightens things up.. Chop it off and install the wheel with it.. Done this many times over the years..
Posted June 08, 2013 - 11:57 AM
Casey, Did you check out the service manual here? http://gardentractor...and-front-axle/
It looks like there should be some thin shim washers between the wheel and column. The manual states no endplay, just loose enough to turn.
- wvbuzzmaster said thank you
Posted June 08, 2013 - 05:57 PM
If its like my 79 224 you might as well figure on replacement wheel. The wheel has a lack for better description large nut shape fused into wheel that's that is was the nut tightens against.So more than likely its separating from that insert.
Posted June 09, 2013 - 12:31 PM
The problem is between the shaft and the wheel center, not the wheel and it's center hub.
Read the manual DougT linked and learned a lot about the steering I did not know, and a few things that caused the issue I have. My intellect tells me that Case/Ingersoll switched to the roll pin mounted steering wheel for a reason, and chances of that reason being my exact problem in possible, but mabey just an assembly decision (less parts/adjustment). Anyway, all the ideas to shim it are good but I just don't think that is the solution for serviceability later, although I did install a bronze bushing. I do not like the ideas of "epoxy" type products due to the permanent nature. I am thinking about just attacking it with a drill and going for roll pin... as much as I hate possibilty of failure, it does seem like a better long term solution, because all the other options seem to point to rework later. I just wish that they had designed a taper fit to start with, or something. I mean certainly all the other GT's with rolls pins in the steering wheels are all steering just fine. And short of pulling the current shaft and replacing it the better option would be drill it. Might be a one shot deal but it is a one time fix that can be repaired later. Certainly the keyed shafts are not being sold new anymore. Ok, guess I am going to go try to drill a straight hold thru the wheel and shaft.
Posted June 09, 2013 - 12:40 PM
Likely drilling & pinning is the best overall solution. But being it can still have roll effect on the pin, do as you've already said & tighten the nut till you snug up to the pin tight.