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#1 aevansgatech OFFLINE  

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Posted September 30, 2014 - 08:57 AM

Hello GTtalk,

 

I just purchased a '91 Ford YT 16H, but I have a question regarding the suspensions of older garden tractors in general.

It seems to me that there is a lot of wiggle/play in the suspension laterally. This is my first tractor, so I don't have a feel for how tight everything should be, say compared to a car.

 

 



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Posted September 30, 2014 - 10:25 AM

What do you mean by suspension? The rear axle should be solid and the front pivots in the middle. The front wheel bearings or axle bearings could be worn as well as the front axle pivot bushing. These should all be pretty tight but in many cases on older tractors they have been neglected and can be worn out.



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Posted September 30, 2014 - 01:48 PM

Hey Brian,

 

You're right, the rear axle is solid and I don't see much issue there.

 

THe front axles seem very wobbly to me. For example, when the tractor is parked, I can shake it side to side a good 2-3 inches. I'll look at the front construction more carefully and I think changing bushings might be a good idea



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Posted September 30, 2014 - 03:16 PM

I am not familiar with the model Ford you have. But my JD 318 has bolt bumper stops that can be adjusted to take the forward/backward deflection out of the front axle. I need to back those out a bit myself and will next time I take the mower deck off for maintainence.

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Posted September 30, 2014 - 06:00 PM

Is there play in the steering wheel?



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Posted October 01, 2014 - 07:06 AM

Is there play in the steering wheel?

 

Yes, lots. I haven't spent the time to research that part yet. Any tips or common solutions for fixing the steering?



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Posted October 01, 2014 - 08:13 AM

Start at an end and work from there. It sounds to me like the front wheel bearings are shot. With the tractor parked, wheels straight, can you move the front tires side to side without rocking the tractor? If you jack up the front end, can you turn a wheel without moving the steering wheel?
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Posted October 01, 2014 - 08:33 AM

Start at an end and work from there. It sounds to me like the front wheel bearings are shot. With the tractor parked, wheels straight, can you move the front tires side to side without rocking the tractor? If you jack up the front end, can you turn a wheel without moving the steering wheel?

 

I'll check tonight! Thanks Cat



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Posted October 02, 2014 - 08:18 AM

So I did a quick test with the tractor on the ground. To my surprise, the wheels themselves will not rock back and forth. I can rock the tractor back and forth quite a bit, but not the wheels alone.

 

I'm going to jack up the front tonight and test the turning



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Posted October 02, 2014 - 08:22 PM

 If you jack up the front end, can you turn a wheel without moving the steering wheel?

 

Did this today. Yes, with the front end up in the air, I can freely turn the wheels side to side

What does this show? 



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Posted October 02, 2014 - 09:17 PM

Check the linkages that control your steering. You must have worn or wallowed out parts, or wheel bearings that are shot.

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Posted October 03, 2014 - 08:00 AM

If it was the wheel bearings, wouldn't the wheels be loose on the ground? I.e. I would've been able to rock the wheels themselves side to side if the bearings were shot?

 

I'll definitely need to look into the steering column and linkages



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Posted October 03, 2014 - 12:25 PM

by the way, I also noticed it has grease fittings. It should be easy enough to get a gun and put new grease, but there is a lot of caked on grease all around the fittings.

 

Should I do my best to clean the fittings before putting more grease?

 

Is it necessary to disassemble further to clean everything out?







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