Sloppy tie rods

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?

Re: Sloppy tie rods

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.

Re: Sloppy tie rods

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.

Re: Sloppy tie rods

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.

Re: Sloppy tie rods

Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:52 pm

I'll check for the shims.
If there aren't any left????

Re: Sloppy tie rods

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:

Re: Sloppy tie rods

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! :-:-):