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Feeling Stupid

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I'm always doing something to my 90's era LT1000 (917.255581) and yesterday was no different. I was just doing some routine maintainance on it when it dawned on me I'd never greased the front axle. I grabbed the grease gun and lo and behold, no zerks! Back to the shed for a 1/4-28 tap, drill and bit, and two zerks. Disassembled both spindles and tapped the spindle bores. Odd thing about this axle is that there are indentations for the zerks, but the factory never drilled them out. Anyway, I put everything back together and shot grease into the new zerks until it just started to ooze out. I hooked up my dethatcher and off I went across the yard. WOW! The little LT almost acts like it has power steering now, as the difference in steering is night and day. Feel so dumb for overlooking this when I got it...:banghead3
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They (Sears) also forgot to add zerks to the deck spindles too. After mowing season ends, :snowing: ,that'll be the next project.
When I had the spindles off, the only parts were some kind of split plastic doo-dads that I suppose are to act as bushings at the upper and lower ends.They were intact, but I suppose the powers that be deemed these a "disposable" part. SockPuppet, I was amazed that the dust caps, which are a bas**rd to take off, were very clean with no crud in them. I was just floored that a little amount of grease on the parts made a big difference! When I come back to center from a turn, the steering wheel almost wants to self-center by itself. Cool...
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