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Re: Removing Bolens Steering Shaft
Welcome to MTF. The newer Bolens are MTD made, so you would get more answers in that subforum.
But I can answer your question. The slightly older MTD's used a bolt instead of that screw. Put it back with the correct length bolt.
There are 2 bolts that hold the sector gear plate in. Remove them. Now you can move the gear out of your way. Hold the screw with a phillips head socket on a rachet.Do not try to turn it.
Now have someone else turn the steering wheel, and it should come loose.
The gear and shaft is sold as one piece. I believe they run around $45.
Check the plastic hex bushing the steering shaft goes into. They are almost always bad. Price $3.49.
There ia a bushing under the steering sector gear. Make sure it is good. It is only a couple bucks to replace.
But please post your model number info. Incase yours is slightly different.
Post the entire number so I can look it up. Sticker should be under your seat.
Pinion gear failures are caused by something. So check all bushings and joints in the steering and front-end.
If you have any questions please ask.