steering tight near the limits

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Teakettle
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steering tight near the limits

Postby Teakettle » Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:26 pm

On our '48, which we've had for almost 20 years, the steering has no slop and generally is almost as easy to turn as our power-steering tractors. But today I noticed it was a lot tighter than usual when turned almost all the way in either direction, though it's still really easy to turn near center. Everything is properly greased/oiled/inflated and I haven't run the front of it into any immovable objects recently. Any suggestions on things to look for before I tear into the steering housing? Thanks.

tst
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Re: steering tight near the limits

Postby tst » Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:26 pm

disconnect the tie rods on the steering arm 1st, see if its easy to turn after that, tells you if the problem is in the gear box or the spindles

Teakettle
10+ Years
10+ Years
Posts: 54
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:02 pm
Zip Code: 02093
Tractors Owned: 1948 Cub
1953 Ford Golden Jubilee
1971 IH 454
...and a few other things...
Location: West Wrentham, MA

Re: steering tight near the limits

Postby Teakettle » Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:23 am

Disconnected, it spins smoothly from stop to stop with one finger. Which means no opening up the housing (yay) but instead jacking it up and figuring out which spindle has suddenly gone crunchy.


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