Removed the front steering knuckles on the tractor. The axle bushing/spacers had to be driven out because they were seized. As a result, all of the wear was on the bolt and the hole that attached the knuckle to the axle. Drilled the hole out with a stepped drill bit to a 5/8 hole and cut a metal spacer that was 1/4 in. thick by 1/2 I.D x 5/8 O.D.. I pressed the spacer into the knuckle retaining holes, cut the axle bushing/spacer to length (These were a large diameter then the spacer that I used on the knuckles training holes), and inserted a new grade 8 bolt with a nylock nut.
All of the play was gone so I did the same process to the tie rod ends using a smaller spacer.
When I got everything put together the steering had very little play remaining. But new problem arose. I noticed when I put pressure on the spindle the whole steering gearbox was moving. Upon inspection I found out why. The cross support were the steering gearbox was connected was cracked. The welds for the support was also cracked on the drivers side.
I'll have to clean off all of the paint around it and weld everything back together. I'm glad I found it now and not after everything was put back together. All of this is just part of the process.
Edited by Mark 149 J., March 07, 2016 - 12:06 AM.