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Steering wheel turns hard

Postby Bill Hudson » Fri May 20, 2022 2:03 pm

A friend replaced the seal on the steering wheel shaft. After replacing everything he has a problem. The steering wheel turns hard, during the initial "play" without trying to redirect the front tires. I haven't worked on that part of a Cub so I'm lost. Any suggestions as to the problem will be appreciated. Please understand that I'm not asking about redirecting the front wheels, just the normal "play" due to wear.


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Re: Steering wheel turns hard

Postby Don McCombs » Fri May 20, 2022 3:09 pm

Did he use the correct gasket on the seal retainer? If he used a thinner one, he may have too much pressure on the worm gear. The thrust washers may be at play, also.
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Re: Steering wheel turns hard

Postby Dale Finch » Fri May 20, 2022 4:44 pm

Don mentioned the thrust washers. There are two on the steering shaft, #6 & 7 in the following parts diagram:
Not sure this is the case here, but if #7 fell off during reassembly, it will cause problems. He could pull out the steering shaft to make sure #7 is in place. If not, he'll have to go "fishing for it" inside the steering housing since it's made of brass and not magnetic. :?
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Re: Steering wheel turns hard

Postby inairam » Mon May 23, 2022 5:58 am

Did he replace the bushings? If so did he ream them to size after installation?

Also maybe back off the castle nut one slot?

I know this sounds odd but I had a loboy suddenly lock up due to rust in the trunnion support behind the wheel
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