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#1 Brett OFFLINE  

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Posted October 31, 2011 - 07:32 PM

Question... My front right tire doesn't seem as tight (for lack of a better way to describe it) as the left especially when turning sharply. Could this be ball joints? I have replaced wheel bearings earlier this year. Or would you say tie rod and that spindle?

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Posted October 31, 2011 - 08:17 PM

Often, units will have a different steering radius one way vs the other. I believe it has something to do with the mowing. If it discharges on the right, it will turn sharper to the left for getting in closer to stuff.

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Posted October 31, 2011 - 08:30 PM

thats a good point. somthing just doesn't seem right with the right wheel though. A good example would be lets say I'm going to go over a tree root while turning slightly that tire will move all the way to the inside or outside depending on which way i'm turning with little resistance what so ever. I don't know if that helps any. Being a 185 could it just be that the components just aren't that strong?

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Posted November 01, 2011 - 06:45 PM

Is it moving on the spindle (sliding in and out), or at the tierod end?

Also, on my 116's, the primary steering spindle is on the left and IT, is connected to the right by the drag link. Since there are 3 tierod ends in play (2-on the drag link and 1-on the left spindle), the right front tends to move more as a result of wear on the tierod ends.

Edited by dave8338, November 01, 2011 - 06:50 PM.


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Posted November 01, 2011 - 07:01 PM

Something that I found on old mower once was the piece the tierod end fastens to was bent down, You could mow until it was just right and the tire would go all the way out spread eagle.

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Posted November 02, 2011 - 09:11 AM

I am starting to think my problem may be from or in part due to my drag link. I will try to upload a photo of whats going on to see what ya'll think. I think that will be easier than trying to explain it.

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Posted November 02, 2011 - 10:38 AM

You need to inspect all the tie rods, bearings, bushings spindles etc in the steering linkage. If they are all worn it can add up to a lot of slack in the steering. Also the axle, and it's pivot bolt/bearing should be inspected as well.

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Posted November 02, 2011 - 10:54 AM

Sounds like worn pivot points. We'll wait for pics.

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Posted November 03, 2011 - 08:15 PM

Here is the best picture I could get. This seems to me like the root cause to my steering issues since it isn't seated flush it puts stress on the left front in turn effecting the right. Does this make sense?
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Posted November 03, 2011 - 08:43 PM

Glad I got the picture up. My computer didn't like me tonight.

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Posted November 04, 2011 - 10:06 AM

It's hard to see what is going on in the picture. I would jack up the front of the tractor and grab each wheel and wiggle it to see where all the slack is coming from. You should be able to watch the various parts in the steering system and see whats what.




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