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Sloppy tie rods

Postby vwfish » Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:31 pm

NEXT!!

Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.....the tie rods flop around where they connect into the steering gear arm.
Question is, how do I know if it's the balls on the end of the tie rod, or up inside the steering gear arm?
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Re: Sloppy tie rods

Postby Cecil » Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:33 pm

Start by taking the cotter pin out of the end of the tie rod and tightening them up. There is a slot to put a screw driver in.
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Re: Sloppy tie rods

Postby Scrivet » Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:50 pm

First grease them good. That may be all it takes. Make sure both sides are getting grease.

Second it may be time to remove a shim or put in a thinner one (there are at least two thicknesses) if there are any left in there. Looks like this from TM http://www.tmtractor.com/new/st/2471fp.htm take out the two bolts and seperate the halves and adjust the amount of shims thinner.
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Re: Sloppy tie rods

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:26 pm

If I understood correctly, you are talking about where they connect at the center. Originally there are shims between the upper and lower halves that can be removed to compensate for wear.
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Re: Sloppy tie rods

Postby vwfish » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:52 pm

I'll check for the shims.
If there aren't any left????
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Re: Sloppy tie rods

Postby BIGHOSS » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:58 pm

Before you try to tighten the castle nut on the steering arm, loosen the small bolt on the rear of the arm that acts as a clamp. You cannot tighten the castle nut until you do this. Don't ask how I know this. :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
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Re: Sloppy tie rods

Postby vwfish » Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:42 pm

Plenty of shims....2 thick and 1 thin plus the out ends of the bottom cap were bent.
Straightened the cap, removed a thick shim and that tightened it right up.

Thanks for the help....again! :-:-):
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