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#1 teamhaney OFFLINE  

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Posted August 18, 2011 - 06:28 PM

My LT155 had recently become unsteerable. I had read quite a few blogs where people complained on the level of difficulty in this repair. If you do it right, it isn't that hard.
First I stood the tractor on its rear end. I have an engine hoist so I was able to hold it up with that, but a big tree branch and a rope or chain would work to secure your tractor. The hardest part was removing the snap ring holding the rack in place. It's under the battery pan. I actually cut a section of the pan out in order to access it easier, but you can get to it without cutting a hole. It's very straightforward after that. My pinion gear was in good shape but the rack gear was shot. After I got into it I found that the oillite bearings were worn out which allowed the steering column too much slop. If I had changed the bearings a year ago, when I noticed it was loose I probably would have saved the rack and spent $105 less on the fix.
You need to remove the steering to replace the drive belt so I did that and replaced the idlers while I was at it. It was about a 2 1/2 hour job for someone who hasn't done it before. My tractor runs and drives like new now. It was a good project.
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#2 JDBrian OFFLINE  

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Posted August 18, 2011 - 07:23 PM

Welcome to GTTalk and thank you for the useful tips on fixing the steering rack in a LT155.
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Posted August 18, 2011 - 08:09 PM

Thanks for the tips. Do you have a picture of your LT155?
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Posted August 19, 2011 - 06:22 AM

BTW, there is a service manual for the LT133, LT155, LT166 series tractors here in our manuals section:

LT Series Technical Manual TM1695 - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums
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Posted August 19, 2011 - 01:47 PM

I'm working on downloading photos. It's not working well with my Apple.
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Posted January 08, 2012 - 02:11 PM

Hi there

I need to repair the steering on my LT155 due to wear on the pinion, rack, bushes and steering arms but cannot find the technical manual on the website. Its my first visit, am I missing something?

Regards Tony
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Posted January 08, 2012 - 02:18 PM

Welcome to GTTAlk Tony. I may be able to help you. Send me a private message giving me your email address.
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Posted January 08, 2012 - 03:11 PM

Hi Brian

Thank you for your offer of assistance my email is tbutcher at barnmeadow dot net

Regards Tony

Edited by JDBrian, January 09, 2012 - 04:55 AM.

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Posted January 09, 2012 - 07:26 AM

It looks like Brian has you covered. If not, I can send you one as I'm the one who uploaded that manual here. It's TM1695.
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Posted January 09, 2012 - 02:48 PM

Thanks for the post. Ill be tackling a steering problem on my JD 400 soon. It turns to the right fine but barely turns to the left.
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Posted April 21, 2012 - 03:30 PM

I know this a fairly old thread but I am new to this forum and looking for some help with the steering on my JD LT155.
It used only stick when I turned the wheel all the way in either direction, now it is hard to turn the wheel no matter what.
I saw that there is a LT Series Tech Manual on this website, but for the life of me I cannot find it. I followed the link above but once on the manuals pages, I just can't seem to locate that manual.

Any help would be appreciated.

Bob
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Posted April 21, 2012 - 07:37 PM

Bob, Welcome! JD made us remove the manuals from the site. This is a fairly large file, 24 mb +/-. Tmo usually handles getting copies to folks in need. I don't think I can e-mail it to you.
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Posted April 22, 2012 - 01:07 PM

Bob. Here is some info. that may help you remove the steering gear and repair it.

LT155 steering 1.png

LT155 steering 2.png

I hope this helps
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Posted April 27, 2012 - 05:31 PM

Thanks for the info guys. Been busy at work the last week so just getting back to this.
I would be happy to PM someone if they could email me the manual.
I'll print the pictures above from JDBrian and see if I can get it done with that first though.

Thanks again for the feedback.

Bob
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Posted April 27, 2012 - 06:42 PM

Bob, I have the tech manual, but it's nearly 30 MB. Not sure if it can be e-mailed. But I'll give it a try!
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