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Will Gumbert

09-02-2013 05:12:36
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Larry- You said 900/901 but there are two different pedestal designs, the early fixed pedestal and the later two-piece design. If it will help, I can post pictures of the two designs showing the parts.
Also, did this suddenly happen, or was the tractor sitting for a long time? With either design it could be that the steering arm/sector shaft could be bound up due to lack of lube. Post back with more info.-Will

Edit- After some thought, there are bushings on the sector shaft which make it less likely to bind up. Assuming you have the later design, it looks like this-



If so, remove the wheels and the spindle unit which is bolted to the pinion shaft with 4 large bolts. See if anything has gotten in there and jammed it up. -Will
This post was edited by Will Gumbert at 05:50:56 09/02/13.

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Will Gumbert

09-02-2013 08:47:51
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 Re: Steering Problem in reply to Will Gumbert, 09-02-2013 05:12:36  

Larry- Here is a picture of the earlier fixed-pedestal design. The spindle shaft is on bearings but I suppose they could have failed or maybe something is binding the sector shaft if, with the cover removed you can't see anything lodged in the sector gears. With this drawing it should help getting it apart. There is a disassembly procedure in the service manual, they suggest doing that before removing the pedestal unit from the tractor.
You mentioned that the power steering doesn't work. Is there any chance the cylinder is locked up preventing it from turning? If you have the front jacked up so the tires are off the ground and with the drag link disconnected from the steering arm, can you turn either the tires or move the steering arm? -Will

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Larry/TN

09-02-2013 08:55:35
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 Re: Steering Problem in reply to Will Gumbert, 09-02-2013 08:47:51  
Yes I do have it jack up and the drag link is disconnected from the steering arm. Still just a wiggle of movement and that seems to be in the gear wear it self. Thanks for the pic..........Larry



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Will Gumbert

09-02-2013 10:13:49
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 Re: Steering Problem in reply to Larry/TN, 09-02-2013 08:55:35  

OK, to try to help just a bit more, if it comes down to having to disassemble the pedestal, here are the pages from the service manual outlining the procedure including removing the pedestal from the tractor if need be. If you have trouble reading the second page, hit the Ctrl and + keys on your keyboard at the same time to make it bigger. Hopefully you can repair it with it still on the tractor. Be sure to support the tractor safely. -Will

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Larry/TN

09-02-2013 07:32:40
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 Re: Steering Problem in reply to Will Gumbert, 09-02-2013 05:12:36  
Will, I have the early one piece pedestal
I could use the picture break down
Thanks Larry



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Larry/TN

09-02-2013 06:57:51
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 Re: Steering Problem in reply to Will Gumbert, 09-02-2013 05:12:36  
It has the one piece pedestal and it had only setting for a short time (less than 3 weeks). It has always been a little hard to turn because the power steering is not working.



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