that doesnt sound like the system that Ariens used, they have a Ross steering box like Deere and Cub cadet on that model.
What Chief is talking about sounds more like the Ariens YT that I have than a GT series machine.
Other than the S16h (same chassis as your GT series) that I am currently messing with between Cub Cadets/ that had a locked up bearing on the steering cross shaft that protrudes thru the frame/ I haven't had to do much with the steering on these models. There is an adjustment for the slop but as installed in the tractor it's a pain to try and get to. I have the whole steering setup out of that S16 right now, read to go back in but have not had much time to do so.... I did have the steering gear/column apart on that one, and found the typical worn out steering adjustment bolt... grooves worn into the tapered part of the adjuster which I dressed out on a bench grinder. but the issue that I had, has nothing to do with the range of motion issue that you are talking about.
I don't think they did on the GT17, but I know that my GT19 has power steering/ it was only on 2 models, the other one besides the GT19 was either the GT18 or GT20 I forget which.... may have been optional on the 17s?
I have been on a Cub forum quite a bit lately.... (tractors that is, I hate the baseball team by that name/ on account of being closer to the "other" side of Chicago ha ha ha) and I see it mentioned in there in a few places, that the steering was biased to have a tighter turning radius one way than the other.... as I remember they said biased tighter to the left so that you don't blow all the clippings towards the unmowed area, making the tractor work harder,,, but that sucks if you have to mow up against obstacles/ being that you usually have the chute facing away from those so that you can mow closer....
Being that the Cubs got their steering box from the same company as what Ariens used on their machines.... maybe they are designed the same but "biased" to turn tighter the other way?
I never knew that the Cubs were made that way either til I saw it on the forums....
otherwise check the steering tube that supports the axle in the frame, or maybe a bent spindle???
That would be a separate issue from the sloppy steering issue for sure.
The steering box on that S16 is the 1st time that I had ever been into one of these steering boxes, was nowhere near as "bad" as I thought it might be. but now that I have done that one and got it nice and tight, slop is gone, now I'm gonna have to mess with all of them.
Edited by dodge trucker, May 28, 2017 - 11:28 AM.