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Old 07-06-2009, 01:55 PM
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Ford_Six, I replaced the Drag link (Twice ,1st one was too short), but where is the adjustment on the it? It looks like a solid rod with swivel ends.

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Some you increase or decrease the bends to adjust. It's a really poor system, but it's not a car either. If you are ambitious, you could cut out a chunk, thread the ends, and put in a turnbuckle. You will have to thread one end with a left-hand die though.
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i had this problem on my tractor and dads john deere mower.the front walking beam or axle would move back and forth .tightening the walking beam solved the problem.when i turned the steering wheel the walking beam would move forward before the wheels would turn.turn the other way,the walking beam was all the way back and tires would turn immediately.
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i had this problem on my tractor and dads john deere mower.the front walking beam or axle would move back and forth .tightening the walking beam solved the problem.when i turned the steering wheel the walking beam would move forward before the wheels would turn.turn the other way,the walking beam was all the way back and tires would turn immediately.
Sears,Ayp tractors have this problem also and some have stops that break off or come loose,another problem they have is the frames crack where the plate for the front axle meets the frame,check around your frame at the inside of each spindle and see if it is cracked. I have seen some so bad that the only thing holding the frame together is the center bolt of the axle. I do know that when they are new the turning radius is close to the same.
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I talked to a lawnmower repair guy and he said 90% of the time steering problems on a craftsman lawnmower is the steering shaft support. Its a plastic part that keeps the steering wheel shaft in correct contact with the sector gear. He said he keeps them in stock at all times. The cost of the part was $6 bucks and change. Link to part #160395.

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I talked to a lawnmower repair guy and he said 90% of the time steering problems on a craftsman lawnmower is the steering shaft support. Its a plastic part that keeps the steering wheel shaft in correct contact with the sector gear. He said he keeps them in stock at all times. The cost of the part was $6 bucks and change. Link to part #160395.

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I stock them to,but when they go your steering wheel usually skips when you try and make a sharp turn.
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Been a while since opening this and I've been just making wide right turns, but due to excessive wheel bearing slot that my Dad pointed out Im going to throw a set of Flange bearings at it. Will post my results later this weekend.

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