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Garden Tractors Discussion Forum

Wheel Horse C-141 steering question

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Dan S (NY)

09-17-2005 10:24:28
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I am working on a Wheel Horse C-141 lawn tractor and the steering does not seem right. It will steer very sharp in one direction and barely turn in the other. Looking underneath, the sector gear under the dash is centered when the (pitman?) arm up front that the tie rods connect to is centered, so that seems ok. With these centered, the wheels are not pointing straight ahead. Its like the tie rods themselves aren’t the correct length, or something is bent… I have attached a picture where the tie rod end connects to the spindle. Can anyone tell me if this needs to be bent into a different position? Both spindles look roughly the same, but they look a bit beat up and I suspect they may be out of position which may be causing my problem. Looking at where the tie rod connects, I am wondering if the whole spindle arm needs bent UP so the rod is closer to level. I just got this mower and don’t know what it ‘should’ look like as I have nothing to compare it to. Thanks for any help.

Dan

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irv Slagter

09-18-2005 19:16:19
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 Re: Wheel Horse C-141 steering question in reply to Dan S (NY), 09-17-2005 10:24:28  
Like Wheel Horse says, its bent alright. But if you have access to a torch I'd pull the wheel off and heat it up where th plate meets the spindle and bent it up to level. I got a Ten Automatic a month or so ago that a guy dropped off a trailer. It had so much toe out that you couldn't even drive it on concete. I had the missus come out and hold the steering wheel straight in the center, jacked up the front end a little bit and heated the spindle up and with the wheel on, bent both of them back straight. Ya got to have a pretty good eye and might have to tweak it a time or two. The grease came out of the hub and it was pretty hot so be careful...try not to get the bearing too hot. It would be better if you took the wheel off and used a close fitting pipe on the axle to bend it, but i got impatient.:^)

Irv

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Dan S (NY)

09-19-2005 04:53:09
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 Re: Wheel Horse C-141 steering question in reply to irv Slagter, 09-18-2005 19:16:19  
Wheel Horse, thanks for all the information! I think I will try to bend it back into position first before buying anything. Can"t hurt at this point.



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Wheel Horse

09-17-2005 13:50:07
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 Re: Wheel Horse C-141 steering question in reply to Dan S (NY), 09-17-2005 10:24:28  
The spindle arm in the pic is bent, should be straight. Try a Toro dealer and see if they are still available or try on the various sites below for info on used ones from someone. You can look at the Master Parts Viewer on Toro"s site and find the part number and check www.rcpw.com and see if they are available. I have a C-141 myself, they were made from 1978-1979. Email me if you want more info.
Yahoo discussion Groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wheelhorsegardentractors/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WHEELHORSEGARDENTRACTORSONLY/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WHEELHORSECOLLECTORGROUP/ A new site…
http://www.wheelhorse.org/
Classifieds, pictures, decals discussion:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WheelHorseGardenTractorsCDProjectGroup/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wheelhorseclassifieds/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wheelhorsetractorclassifieds/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WHEELHORSEPHOTOSANDCLASSIFIEDGROUP/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wheelhorsedecals/ Manuals…
https://lookup2.toro.com/request/request.cfm

Original manuals possibly…
mascdm@earthlink.net
He has a lots of stuff, buys dealers buyouts

Reproduction decals! http://hometown.aol.com/carsnthrds/myhomepage/index.html

Parts lookup…
https://lookup2.toro.com/partdex/index.cfm?xCaller=Toro

http://www.milacalawn.com/parts.asp

http://www.rcpw.com/Toro_Wheel_horse.htm

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