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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby mountain4don » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:17 pm

Thanks to everyone with your help. Especially the pictures of the parts in the steering gear. It was a little awkward getting to the clamp bolt to tighten it, but the big nut turned up several turns to tight. And now the steering is like a new sports car. The tie rod ends are just a little loose, but basically the whole steering is completely rejuvenated and really good. Better than its ever been since I bought it about 30 years ago. My wife will think she is mowing with a new BMW sports car! Thanks again for all of your help. Now, how do I get these grease spots out of these white bras and bikini underwear?
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:21 pm

to tighten the tie rod ends, take the cotter key out and turn the seat in with a screw driver. There are multiple holes to put the key back in.
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:47 am

[quote="mountain4don" I cleaned up all the grease off the bottom of the steering gear with a brush and some gas.

PLEASE don't use gasoline to clean parts. We don't want to see a big fire.

Wedges are used to stableize the front end. Go to the search function and put wedges and you will find pictures and more info.
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby bythepond88 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:37 am

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:take the cotter key out and turn the seat in with a screw driver.


This will tighten the tie rods at the spindles. If you need to tighten them up at the center arm, remove the bolt that holds the two halves (top and bottom) of the "keeper" together. There should be shims between the two halves. Remove shims until the sockets in the "keeper" hold the ends snugly again.
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby Jim Becker » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:06 pm

bythepond88 wrote:
John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:take the cotter key out and turn the seat in with a screw driver.


This will tighten the tie rods at the spindles. If you need to tighten them up at the center arm, remove the bolt that holds the two halves (top and bottom) of the "keeper" together. There should be shims between the two halves. Remove shims until the sockets in the "keeper" hold the ends snugly again.

After making these adjustments (inner or outer) you need to run the steering fully from side to side to make sure there is no binding. This can happen if the balls are worn out of round.
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby Denny Clayton » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:19 pm

Don McCombs wrote:
mountain4don wrote:What thread size are these as I will have to go buy one?

1/4-28 taper

You have to pay close attention to the parts manual on this. On Lo-Boys only, serial # 4802 and up, the zerk is 3/16 straight drive type. Available at NAPA. I needed one on my Lo-Boy as the hole was full of grease and dirt and no zerk. Took some extra digging through the parts manual.
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby Don McCombs » Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:25 pm

Thanks for the correction, Denny. Somewhere I missed the Lo-Boy reference.
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby Denny Clayton » Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:36 pm

Don McCombs wrote:Thanks for the correction, Denny. Somewhere I missed the Lo-Boy reference.

I would not have known that but for needing one. When I cleaned out the hole and couldn't find any threads I dug deeper in the manual. :? :lol:
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby hoosier » Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:50 pm

Zero fitting is 1/4-28. Just a straight thread. Will work just fine.
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby mountain4don » Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:09 am

Denny Clayton wrote:
Don McCombs wrote:
mountain4don wrote:What thread size are these as I will have to go buy one?

1/4-28 taper

You have to pay close attention to the parts manual on this. On Lo-Boys only, serial # 4802 and up, the zerk is 3/16 straight drive type. Available at NAPA. I needed one on my Lo-Boy as the hole was full of grease and dirt and no zerk. Took some extra digging through the parts manual.


If these are straight drive type, how do I get the broken off piece out of the hole? Do I need to drill it out to the correct size? I guess I could go to NAPA and buy one and mike it and use a slightly smaller bit to ream the hole close? Now I need to go figure out how to adjust the tie rod ends with a screwdriver? Where do you all find pictures of this sort of stuff like someone did earlier on this thread. That was a great help for me? :thanx:
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby raystractors » Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:16 am

There is a link (PDF Manuals) at the top part of the page that has all of the parts manual for the cub. Check it out!
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby Denny Clayton » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:28 am

mountain4don wrote:
If these are straight drive type, how do I get the broken off piece out of the hole? Do I need to drill it out to the correct size? I guess I could go to NAPA and buy one and mike it and use a slightly smaller bit to ream the hole close? Now I need to go figure out how to adjust the tie rod ends with a screwdriver? Where do you all find pictures of this sort of stuff like someone did earlier on this thread. That was a great help for me? :thanx:

Take the assembly apart and use a small punch to drive it out the bottom.
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby Don McCombs » Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:54 pm

Perhaps the photos in this link from TM Tractor Parts will help you understand how things go together.

http://www.tmtractor.com/new/st/542fp.htm
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby mountain4don » Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:38 pm

Thanks again everybody. I got all of it tightened up and it feels like a new tractor now. Its tight and smooth and easy to turn without any tight spots side to side. I appreciate all the help.
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Re: Stearing Box Pivot Arm Loose

Postby Dusty B » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:07 pm

Spray "shout" degreaser does a good job sometimes??!! Dusty B (my wife has lots of experience taking grease out of good clothes)
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