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my cub is hard to steer

Postby zebzeb » Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:05 pm

The steering box on my cub leaks and it's had to turn it to the left. Anything I can do to fix the steering?

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Re: my cub is hard to steer

Postby Phydeaux » Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:29 pm

Mine was hard to turn either direction. I drained the rusty water out of it and filled it with gear lube, which helped some. I removed the bolts holding the steering wheel shaft in and pulled out the shaft, with the worm gear. Between the missing thrust washer, and the crud in there still, it's no wonder the steering was stiff. With the shaft out, I jacked the front wheels off the ground and swung the tires left & right. That was smooth & easy, so my problem is between the worm gear and the worm wheel.
For yours, I'd pull the steering shaft, jack up the wheels and see if they'll swing free. If not, then disconnect the tie rods and see if the problem is in the steering box or one of the steering knuckles. If they do swing free, the problem is between the worm gear and worm wheel.
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Re: my cub is hard to steer

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:37 pm

I had one that the top of the steering gear shaft was binding in the bushing under the radiator. Was a major effort to get it out. Cleaned and lubed it, and it's been ok. That bushing is above the oil level, in the steering assembly.
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Re: my cub is hard to steer

Postby tst » Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:22 pm

disconnect the outer tie rods at the steering arms, turn the steering wheel, if the problem is gone the trouble is in the spindles, problem still there its in the steering gear

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Re: my cub is hard to steer

Postby inairam » Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:40 am

I remember hearing about a flat head that was hard to steer.
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Re: my cub is hard to steer

Postby BigBill » Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:58 pm

Plus I grease it with a moly grease from TSC.
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Re: my cub is hard to steer

Postby Randy57 » Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:02 pm

New to the forum here and was just looking through some of the post,don't know if you have your problem corrected yet but if not you may want to take a look at your axle tubes.There is a pin that holds the axle in line in the center of the axle tube located by the bolts that secures the axle in the tube,if these bolts work loose the pin and will become worn and let the front tire tilt backward thus when you steer in that direction you will be trying to lift the nose of your cub with the steering wheel but will be easy to steer in the opposite direction.Hope you already have the problem corrected and having fun.

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