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STX38 Yellow deck steering sloppy


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#1 Oldsailor OFFLINE  

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Posted September 25, 2016 - 04:53 PM

There is a lot "play" or looseness in my steering. Which part of the steering assembly is the likely culprit?

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Posted September 25, 2016 - 07:06 PM

pinion gear, sector gear, steering bushings and drag linkage to front wheels.


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Posted September 25, 2016 - 09:48 PM

All of the "above" it sounds like.  I have the pinion gear and sector gear, no bushings yet.  Is there anywhere to get instructions on this repair?  I see on youtube videos of the job done on other brands but found none for John Deere.



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Posted September 26, 2016 - 12:05 PM

I just did one a month ago. I removed the deck first. remove the gas tank. Steering wheel. Then remove the steering console (check the bushings in console for wear) After you get the upper console off it easy from there. Not a hard job just time involved.



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Posted September 27, 2016 - 10:21 AM

Got things apart yesterday.  I was expecting the pinion gear and the steering sector gear to be badly worn or shot but amazingly after 23 years they are still fine.  The problem is the lower steering post bushing was shot, the top bushing was still fine.  I'm picking up a new  bushing today at the local "green" dealer then I can start putting back together.  Soon it will be time to swap the mover deck for the snow thrower.  This one gets year-round use.






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