Sloppy Steering

Wed Jun 23, 2004 11:05 am

I have mowed with my '66 102 several times and have noticed there is alot of slack in the steering. What might be the problem :?:

Wed Jun 23, 2004 1:07 pm

If the steering gear assy. is still original, I imagine it's pretty well worn.

Wed Jun 23, 2004 1:36 pm

Cub-Bud,
There could be a few things.
First, check all your tie rod ends, there are four, a little here and a little there can add up fast. Lowes sells them for about $11.00 for two.

Second, your steering box is very well made. There is a cam follower that will wear from contact at the same point all the time.
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Take the locknut on the follower, loosen it and turn the follower 1/4 turn clockwise. This will put a new surface against the worm gear.
One of these two (or both) should fix you up. Don't forget to grease it.
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Wed Jun 23, 2004 1:46 pm

Also..........
If you want to seriously upgrade your tie rod ends.
http://www.mcmaster.com/

Enter part # 60745K84 in the search window (can't seem to post a direct link to them).

Wed Jun 23, 2004 3:37 pm

Thanks, Scott. I'll look at both the tie rod ends and the cam follower. 8)