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Old 07-11-2010, 10:51 PM   post #1 of 14
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My steering broke. When turning left the shaft just screws up and out and won't turn. I got the steering box off and taken apart. Found the remnants of 2 bearings in the bottom. Do I just need to replace the bearings and get it back together? Does anyone have a diagram of all the parts?

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Old 07-12-2010, 04:29 AM   post #2 of 14
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If no one else post a diagram I can send you one via fax. Just PM me to let me know.

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Old 07-12-2010, 09:59 AM   post #3 of 14
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Not to detailed resolution, but it may help. You can click on the image for a larger view.
Good luck with the repair.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:25 AM   post #4 of 14
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I would replace all the bearings, bushings and seals then fill it with cornhead grease and it shold be good for another 50+ years.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:01 AM   post #5 of 14
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Thanks guys. Exactly what I need. Do you know if the top bearing is all that keeps the shaft from pulling up?

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Old 07-12-2010, 04:04 PM   post #6 of 14
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Go easy on the lash adjusting screw in the side cover. Too loose gives a little 'play' in the wheel, too tight puts wear on the expen$ive worm & sector gears. Also, cornhead grease is called '00' by ALI (?) & is available from a Snapper dealer or online. Just an alternative.
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Go easy on the lash adjusting screw in the side cover. Too loose gives a little 'play' in the wheel, too tight puts wear on the expen$ive worm & sector gears. Also, cornhead grease is called '00' by ALI (?) & is available from a Snapper dealer or online. Just an alternative.
Thanks for the info. The New Holland dealer looked at me cross eyed when I asked about cornhead grease.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:33 PM   post #8 of 14
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Does anyone know how much grease to put in the steering box? I see the plug to fill it and it looks like it needs to be pretty full to keep the top bearing lubed. Do I just fill it all the way up?

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I think your john deere dealer would have the cornhead grease. May be able to get it cheaper elsewhere.

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Old 07-13-2010, 10:17 AM   post #10 of 14
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Does anyone know how much grease to put in the steering box? I see the plug to fill it and it looks like it needs to be pretty full to keep the top bearing lubed. Do I just fill it all the way up?

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Fill'er up. If it oozes out past the upper bearing (just below the steering wheel) that's probably not a "bad thing" either...
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Believe it or not John Deere has about the best price on the cornhead or 00 grease around. At least it is the easiest place to get the right thing. As Steve said fill it till it comes out the top bearing, a little less than 2 tubes worth.
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:18 PM   post #12 of 14
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OK I have my parts. Any tips on getting this back together? Looks like it might be a little tricky getting everything lined up.
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Take your time, have your manual handy and be prepared to learn a few new choice words...

really it is not that bad if you take your time and pay attention, you will probably get it out of time by a tooth the first time you put it together, most do, but hey it happens to the best.
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:47 PM   post #14 of 14
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Take your time, have your manual handy and be prepared to learn a few new choice words...

really it is not that bad if you take your time and pay attention, you will probably get it out of time by a tooth the first time you put it together, most do, but hey it happens to the best.
Thanks for everyone's help. I got it back together and working. I see what you mean about one tooth off. I actually put the steering box back on the tractor before getting it completely together. With the steering arms in place it made lining everything up pretty simple.

Thanks again.
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