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post #1 of 6 Old 05-20-2019, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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My 1949 8-N has a steering problem. The wheels in a turn wobble and buckle back and forth and the steering wheel is fairly motionless in the turn. The wheels float left and right about3-4 inches but I can still steer it? When riding straight it floats left or right and then I seem to have a lot of slack back and forth at the steering wheel . When I hit a bump the wheels wobble and float? The rubber at the grease joints seem ok but they are so dirty I can't be sure.
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Re: Wobbling and loose feeling steering??

Could be from the gearbox or linkage, or both. Fairly straightforward to see. Stand at the side, and move the steering wheel back and forth, and look for where the slop is in the system. If no slop in the linkage, then its the gear most likely.
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I am not a tractor guy but will offer this. On my old 1973 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 there was a slotted screw with a lock nut on the steering box that would allow you to take out the free play. Also I had to rebuild the steering box where the pitman arm attaches. That Land Cruiser used to wander something terrible on slightly rutted asphalt roads, enough that it would yank the wheel out of your hand. Once the rebuild and the steering box adjustment was done it tracked and drove like new. Maybe the tractor has a similar issue. Just food for thought. Bill

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Re: Wobbling and loose feeling steering??

I have similar problems on my Ford LGT tractors. A little slop in the steering box, a couple of loose joints in the tie rods/steering linkage...It all adds up to sloppy steering. Good thing I don't go 60 mph down the highway with these things.

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Look at the sector arms on either side of the steering column as you begin to turn the wheel in both directions. Do they both start moving at the same time and within a degree or three of the beginning of the wheel movement? If the answer is no to either then the sector gears inside are worn and/or out of adjustment. If it has the later style steering gear, there s a lash adjustment that can be made fairly easily to correct the sloppiness if the parts inside aren't worn too much. The earlier style steering gear doesn't have any lash adjustment and you'll have to find replacement sector gears, or replace the steering gear with the later style or just live with it.

If the arms move in unison (in opposite directions of course) and begin to move almost as soon as the steering wheel begins to move, then the sector gears are fine and the problem is in the external linkage. Jack the front end up so both tires are off the ground and have someone hold the steering wheel tight or use a couple of pieces of rope or ratchet straps to keep the steering wheel from moving and then grab each tire and wiggle them left to right and top to bottom and you should see where the slop is in the linkage.

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