I looked thru the Ariens forum and most all I could find was either converting to power steering or else threads on the NH tilt setup but nothing on what I have to fix at the moment. tractor model 931018.
I got this unit last fall, and right away put it on my trailer and threw a tarp over it for "later".
found it on CL the next town over, not running, absolutely no attachments and the steering is seized. stuck very close to straight ahead. Turns out the seller knew me when I went for a look.... He wanted a whole lot more for it than I offered, knowing it wouldn't run. I have since gotten it running, engine sounds strong but does need a little work yet. more on that later.
anyway for now the steering. Grab the wheel and it seems to "want to" turn, but can't. I took the front axle clean out of the machine, have to replace the PTO bearings anyhow. spindles rotate freely.
I then took the steering link off that hangs down behind the footrest, still stuck. It appears to be the flange bearing where the shaft that the "vertical link" attaches to, passes thru the frame.
How can I get the cam and shaft out of the frame, so I can replace the flange bearing? It is connected by the nut and adjuster for steering box play, but even taking that off, with it being seized in the bearing, I do not think it will slide outwards away from the gearbox. meaning that something may need to be torched in order to get it apart, and while i do have a partial "parts" tractor here that still has all the steering parts with it that I'll need, the steering gear on this machine seems better than the one on the parts unit if only because the one on the parts unit has no bearing/bushing between the tube and the shaft at the top of the column....
also being that what I am calling the "steering cam" connects to the steering box by way of the steering box "play" adjusting bolt, I apparently couldn't do the "steering improvement" as can be done on most Ross steering boxes, with the cam taking up the spot where the 2nd (inner) jam nut would be on, say, a Cub? I guess I'd have to have someone custom make me a longer steering gear adjustment screw to make space for the thrust bearing, it appears.