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Crawlers, Dozers, Loaders & Backhoes Discussion Forum

TD8E steering issue

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Rob R

07-22-2011 05:07:41

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I bought recently a TD8E. I believe it is a 1975 model. It was in some mud and the left track seemingly wouldn't do anything. I got it out of the mud and drove it down to the yard. Now, I got the tracks all cleaned off and it seems it's the right track that won't do anything......what that means is I can used the left track (backwards and forwards) to steer it, but when I pull back on the right track lever it seems as if the dozer just stops, seems as if there is a slight tightening of the right track but it doesn't turn at all. Is this a brake issue or does this dozer have clutches? Any help would be most appreciated.

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07-22-2011 19:18:48

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 Re: TD8E steering issue in reply to Rob R, 07-22-2011 05:07:41  
Rob wish I could talk to you. Would take just a few imutes to explain the system. The td8 does not have clutches as such uses a planatery drive system.. Any way what you need to do is about a 10 minute fix .. I will try and tell you here but is a little tricky. On the Right side squat down and look at the sprocket. Put your hand at about 2 O clock. Look right on back on the dozer frame. You will find a lock nut on a 3/4 square stud. Now the trick part hold the stud and back off the nut just a little. Turn in the stud 1 and 1/2 turn. Tighten your lock nut (WITHOUT LETTING THE STUD TURN) Should have you problem solved. If not post an e-mail I will contact you and give you a phone number. 25 years ih experience.

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07-31-2011 07:45:22

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 Re: TD8E steering issue in reply to jm., 07-22-2011 19:18:48  
Don't you have to turn it in til it bottoms, then back out 1 1/2? That's how the G models are.

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Rob R

08-01-2011 12:41:09

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 Re: TD8E steering issue in reply to scotc, 07-31-2011 07:45:22  
there are 2 adjustments I found out from JM. One on the outside, and one that's on the inside and accessible from the rear drive cover. I adjusted the internal screw and now it steers like a champ.

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08-06-2011 11:44:11

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 Re: TD8E steering issue in reply to Rob R, 08-01-2011 12:41:09  
OK, didn't know that. Must be we are just lucky with dad's 8G. Only adjustment we ever made to it was the ones down behind the tracks, and it's over 10,000 hours now, probably closer to 11. Grandpa leased it for 3 years before we bought it, then ran it for several more after that, and had a habit of shutting off the master to keep the hours off the meter. Which is rather dumb when he wasn't the one doing oil changes and such, it can really stretch the service intervals.

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Rob R

07-23-2011 04:25:18

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 Re: TD8E steering issue in reply to jm., 07-22-2011 19:18:48  
JM it won"t let me send you an email for some reason. I see a bolt head at about 2 o"clock but no lock nut. Can you send me an email at and I"ll send you a pic of exactly what Im looking at on that side. The left side is identical.

Thanks so much.


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07-24-2011 08:32:44

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 Re: TD8E steering issue in reply to Rob R, 07-23-2011 04:25:18  
Rob check your e.mail we can get it adjusted quick..No clutch just some adjustmen issue.

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Rob R

07-30-2011 11:54:12

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 Re: TD8E steering issue in reply to jm., 07-24-2011 08:32:44  
IF anyone is looking for help with International's, Dresser's or the like, post here and listen to JM. I called him and he walked me through an internal adjustment like he was standing next to me and fixed my problem.

THANKS JM for educating me on my machine!!!!! Your help has been MOST APPRECIATED!!!!!

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Rob R

07-22-2011 08:29:10

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 Re: TD8E steering issue in reply to Rob R, 07-22-2011 05:07:41  
Thanks Dan. I believe the track 'drives' which is how I got it down to the house, meaning it has power. I may not have explained it well. I can go straight forward and backward, but if I try to turn right by pulling on the right steering handle, the dozer basically just stops, it gives that slight track jerk and thats all. Turning left is no issue at all.

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07-22-2011 08:10:28

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 Re: TD8E steering issue in reply to Rob R, 07-22-2011 05:07:41  
If your not getting power to a track that's a clutch problem. The clutches themselves could be wore out but this sounds like a similar problem we had on our 555. The valves were dirty and sticking.

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