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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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Adding Zerks to the spindles might not help anything, if the bearings are sealed, as are the ones in my LT1000's spindles.
The LT1000 that I picked up hasn't seen grease, either. The front wheels wobble so bad, you can't steer a straight line if you wanted to. The wheel bushings have so much play in them, the tire tread is worn clean off the inside 2 inches of tire tread.
The front spindels/axles check out okay, so I'll have to rebush or add tubular spacers.
The mower did come with front end zerks, but not on the mower mandrels. The mower mandrels have sealed bushings.
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