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MF50 steering, Happily Everafter.

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#1 coldone OFFLINE  



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Posted December 28, 2010 - 09:41 PM

I finally have time to post a decent update for the MF50. With the holidays, kids and work I could barely keep my head above water.
In the last installment we left off with finding that the left side spindle was the culprit for the steering problem. I ordered a top and bottom bushing and a thrust bearing. I was going to wait for my holiday break before working on this but when the parts came in I could not wait. The first day i had off, after my parts got here, I run out and grob the torch and hammer. I heated the top and bottom bushing areas and then gave it a few taps. NOTHING! so I heated it somemore and more, and more. Then I grabbed the hammer and beat it. It moved! So I lather, rinsed, and repeated all morning.

Finally I got it out and understood why it was such a bugger. I was heating in the wrong areas. The bushings were not locked up, it was all the rust in between the top and bottom bushings. You know, where all the grease is supposed to be! Another neat find was that there was no longer a thrust bearing in there either. There was parts of it left but no bearing.

I ended up not replacing the bushings because they needed to be reamed to fit and I dont have reamers. I did get the new thrust bearing in there and reasembled everything. I finiished this up and cleaned up in the rain and even took a small victory lap. It is now sitting in the shed nice and dry. I still have to reset the pressure relief in the pump but I now have power steering!

Sorry no pics as that I had limited time.

Thanks everybody, for your help!

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Posted December 28, 2010 - 09:45 PM

Great News Coldone!!!!!!!!:dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana: :thumbs:

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Posted December 28, 2010 - 09:55 PM

Dontcha just love it when something works. Good job.



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Posted December 28, 2010 - 10:01 PM

Boy is that good news. To quote a guy from an 80's action show... "I love it when a plan comes together"

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Posted December 28, 2010 - 10:27 PM


Glad to hear you got it fixed. I bet it sure does steer better.


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Posted December 29, 2010 - 07:05 AM

Congrats Coldone on getting your problem fixed!

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Posted December 29, 2010 - 10:17 AM

As said before always nice to get things fixed and working properly.Larry

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Posted December 29, 2010 - 04:25 PM

It's a good feeling to have things fixed.