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60 Power steering issues

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08-05-2014 08:45:29

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As I've read, there are certain quirks about the power steering in these tractors. But I haven't come across this issue I'm having yet.

My 60 was having the usual issues of turning to the right but not to the left. I had someone replace the valve and it was fine for a while. Then it started getting very hard to turn to the left again. I worked on it myself and got it to work again but it would keep getting stiff after just a little bit of use. I took the steering valve off, cleaned it, replaced the gasket and bolts, and put it back together.

Now I can get it to steer perfect by loosening the bolts and hammering the valve lightly to slide it into place. When I tighten the bolts, the steering almost completely locks up again. As soon as I loosen the bolts slightly, it is fine. I was wondering if there should be shims for the valve or if anyone has torque settings for the bolts? Maybe I'm over tightening it? When I leave it loose, it continues to steer fine though it seeps fluid a bit.

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Larry in WNY

08-05-2014 09:44:33

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 Re: 60 Power steering issues in reply to paj5016, 08-05-2014 08:45:29  
Based on what you wrote, is the gasket the same thickness as the one removed? The steering arm rides on the worm shaft in a groove and if too close to it, the arm can"t move the steering valve easily to direct oil where it"s needed. With bolts loose it can float. Bolts tight now the arm is too close and it can"t float. You could try a thicker gasket or 2 and see if that helps.


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08-05-2014 10:34:37

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 Re: 60 Power steering issues in reply to Larry in WNY, 08-05-2014 09:44:33  
I think the arm you reference rides in a groove on the sleeve rather than the worm shaft itself . Anyone fell free to correct me. The steering hasnt been disassembled since new until yesterday

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08-05-2014 10:40:18

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 Re: 60 Power steering issues in reply to Juicybusa2, 08-05-2014 10:34:37  

This is the sleeve i referenced

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