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Postby Charlescriss » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:26 am

I was wondering is there anyway to get the steering to work a little easier. The steering to me appears stiff for such a small tractor that I ask working on.

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Re: Steering

Postby inairam » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:06 am

what year is the Cub. In 1964 the gear and steering shaft were changed to 24 teeth from 21 easing steering a bit.
1) is everything greased?
2) is there play in the steering?
3) is there a great deal of grime outside the steering box indicating the seals failed?
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Re: Steering

Postby tmays » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:38 am

Also be sure there is some play in the tie rods. They will bind when turning if not enough play

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Re: Steering

Postby Charlescriss » Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:44 am

No play. I would say late 40s or early 50s.

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Re: Steering

Postby Jim Becker » Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:52 am

Does it turn harder one way than the other? Sometimes worn parts allow the sector gear to drag against the housing. which it only does turning one way.

Things to check. No particular order, but would postpone steering gear disassembly for last option.
Tie rod ends as tmays mentioned.
Steering knuckles lubed vs. binding in axles.
Lubrication in steering gear.
Inspect internal parts of the steering gear for wear or damage.

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Re: Steering

Postby mva1958 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:21 am

You've probably checked this, but are the front tires inflated to 20# psi? Makes a big difference in steering if one or both tires are under-inflated.
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Re: Steering

Postby Larry in WNY » Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:00 pm

Raise the front end. Grease the steering spindles and keep rotating the steering wheel to see if it gets easier. Also near the tip of the steering shaft there is an aluminum collar that may be dry. I added a grease fitting to my Cub and this made a big difference. If these don't improve it you should check further in the steering box.

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Re: Steering

Postby Glen » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:36 pm

IH changed the tire pressure recommendations after some time.
Below is a page from the 1965 Cub owner's manual with a table of air pressures for the front tires. It is at the lower right of the page.
It shows you can use more than 20lbs of air in the front tires. The table is for the original size, 4.00 x 12 tires, or 4.00 x 15 tires, which were available then.
They steer easier with more than 20 lbs in them, and stand up more round also.

If you get the serial number from your Cub, you can figure out what year it was made.
Below is a page from a Cub owner's manual showing where the number is. There is an engine serial number also. It is probably not the same as the tractor serial number, unless it is one of the first Cubs.

You can oil the support on the steering shaft, below the steering wheel with an oil can.
The manual says oil things like throttle linkage ends, and brake pedals pivots, and the clutch pedal base, where it goes into the casting.

The owners manual shows how to check the steering gear oil. There are 3 plugs there, fill, oil level, and drain. Some of them have water in them. The oil should be changed at the interval shown in the owner's manual. So should the transmission oil, final drive oils, and all the other oils. :) ... age-49.jpg ... e%2002.jpg

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