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Steering rebuild on WC narrow front end

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Steve M.

08-25-2002 19:49:12

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I have a lot of play in the front end of my 39 WC. Can anyone tell me what is involved in replacing the gears(worm and sector) and if they are still available? From what I can tell from the manual there is no adjustment. Thanks for any advice or help. Steve

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08-26-2002 17:06:03

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 Re: steering rebuild on WC narrow front end in reply to Steve M., 08-25-2002 19:49:12  
Check the U joints in the steering shaft and the pins that hold them to the shafts. Check the end play in the worm gear too, it is adjustable with shims behind the cap where the shaft goes into the back of the pedestal.

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08-26-2002 16:32:40

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 Re: steering rebuild on WC narrow front end in reply to Steve M., 08-25-2002 19:49:12  
Before replacing that, is that really the problem? Does it shimmy more on tar roads than gravel? Likely a worn tapered bearing at the bottom of the steering pedestal, rather than the worm gear on top.

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08-26-2002 17:22:34

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 Re: Re: steering rebuild on WC narrow front end in reply to JMS/MN, 08-26-2002 16:32:40  
There is a key and keyway in the pedestal and you might what to disassemble and inspect it. If I recall correctly, there is a large nut or bolt on the bottom of the front axel assembly that facilates removal of the shaft from the inside of the pedestal. On some WC's there is a cap screw and jam nut that keeps pressure on the key. If this is the case, you might just have to tightened it to remove some of the shimmy.

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Murray Dunn

08-26-2002 18:11:17

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 Re: Re: Re: steering rebuild on WC narrow front end in reply to Tom, 08-26-2002 17:22:34  
Or replace key and bearing

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