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TO-20 steering hard

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05-19-2014 08:38:32

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So Sat. I was cutting grass and my steering got so hard I almost could not get back to the shed. Last couple of years I have been putting grease in the steering box instead of 90wt. per someone's suggestion on here, doesn't leak out like the oil. So I jacked up the front end added more grease and some 90wt. It is a little better but still very hard to steer. Also has developed a squeak as I run it back and forth. Any suggestions as to my next move or how to repair???

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05-20-2014 06:30:27

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 Re: TO-20 steering hard in reply to SteveinMo, 05-19-2014 08:38:32  
Richard I do grease the whole unit often. The spindles and other parts seem to be in good condition. I have replaced numerous zerts over the years so I am pretty sure grease is getting in. Can you tell me does this section of the housing share the hydro. fluid with the transmission. I noticed my fluid looks bad and needs replacement.

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05-19-2014 13:18:53

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 Re: TO-20 steering hard in reply to SteveinMo, 05-19-2014 08:38:32  
If I understand you are saying someone on here recommended putting grease in the steering box instead of oil. That is partially correct if you put Corn Head Grease in and not regular grease. Using regular grease will make a void where the gears run back and forth after a while the gears can't get greased because it is just a hole inside where the gears are. Corn Head Grease is more liquid and it pours out at least some of it does. Do you regularly grease the zerts on the front spindles?

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05-19-2014 10:16:53

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 Re: TO-20 steering hard in reply to SteveinMo, 05-19-2014 08:38:32  
First, check your king pins, jack up the front and should be able to feel easy movement in each front wheel until the slack in the steering is taken.

If the king pins are free, it has to be in the steering gear. It is serviceable. The Pittman arms are the hard part, getting them off without damaging the seal housing with the pry bar is tough. A puller and torch will help.

A shop manual will be helpful also.

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