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Re: Ford 3000 - odd steering problem following line replacement

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Posted by Ultradog MN on February 12, 2013 at 02:03:36 from (

In Reply to: Ford 3000 - odd steering problem following line replacement posted by RandomEmployee on February 11, 2013 at 19:56:32:

Welcome to the Ford Board.
Can't sleep here. Dunno why.
First off the UTF you're using is fine. That's what I use in mine - what most of us here use with good results.
The problem has to be in the hydraulic actuating block in the steering column.
But I can't tell you exactly what. Yet...
It could be a piece of crud that got knocked loose and is caught in one of the plungers or the center spool.
Try this once.
Tractor running about 1K rpm try moving the steering wheel slightly back and forth.
Watch closely as you turn the wheel. The wheel should lift and lower slightly - about 1/32" in either direction. That up/down movement is what actuates the plungers inside and directs oil to the steering cylinders. Less than 1/32" and it could be crud and rust inside preventing movement on the center spool. More than that likely means the nut on the steering shaft has come loose. (which is what I suspect)
See if you can make it pop and tell us what it's doing (ie, up/down) when that happens.
I am mostly a dunce about hydraulics but have found those steering systems are really rather easy.
Worst thing is you have to pull the center hood and cowel around the fuel tank to get at the column.
But hey, you bureaucrats just sit around and drink coffee all day anyway don't you? So you may as well learn a little about power steering while you're on the clock. wink
Post back. It's a great bunch of folks here.
I'm sure your problem can be solved if you are willing to follow through.
Those are great small tractors.


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