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WD, FRONT END WOBBLE

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MIKE DAVIS

03-14-2003 04:29:26




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THE FRONT WHEELS WOBBLE WHEN GOING DOWN THE ROAD. ANYWAY OF TAKING OUT THE SLACK? MAKING THE FRONT END TIGHTER? IS THIS THE NATURE OF THE BEAST? THE TIRES ARE LIKE NEW AND THE AIR PRESSURE IS CORRECT. THANKS!




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JT

03-15-2003 00:04:39




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 Re: WD, FRONT END WOBBLE in reply to MIKE DAVIS, 03-14-2003 04:29:26  
There is a key where the spindle shaft goes on the vertical steering shaft. I have had these come loose. Best solution here is to take the bolt and washer down there off and weld tight or visit your local tractor recycler for a different front end asembly.

You should be able to see the looseness in the knuckle if that is the prob when you are going down the road. Be careful looking for this better to do on a deserted stretch with shallow ditches.

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JT

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Dave K

03-14-2003 12:50:49




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 Re: WD, FRONT END WOBBLE in reply to MIKE DAVIS, 03-14-2003 04:29:26  
Assuming this is a narrow front? There are several things that contribute. The u-joint on the steering shaft may be worn and loose, The pins on both ends of the U-joint that hold it to the shaft can be worn, loose etc. The worm/pinion meshing in the steering gear box (under the plate up front) may be too loose. This can be adjusted some but on mine, with everything else tight, I found I had to remove some of the shim's which allow the worm to better mesh with the pinion gear. Originally there was no wobble to the steering on these tractors. I never had to replace any bearings, just the U-joint pins and remove a couple of shims and mine is like new, no wobble at all.

Dave

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gwalker

05-25-2003 16:15:28




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 Re: Re: WD, FRONT END WOBBLE in reply to Dave K, 03-14-2003 12:50:49  
I have a WD with the same problem. How do you get to the shims you mentioned in this posting? Are they under the round gear? Thanks.



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wdtom

03-14-2003 17:37:05




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 Re: Re: WD, FRONT END WOBBLE in reply to Dave K, 03-14-2003 12:50:49  
Dave, do you mean the shims on the back of the casting where the steering shaft comes into it? From the U joint I mean.



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JMS/MN

03-14-2003 05:27:49




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 Re: WD, FRONT END WOBBLE in reply to MIKE DAVIS, 03-14-2003 04:29:26  
If the u-joint on the steering wheel shaft is snug, the wobble likely comes from the tapered roller bearing at the bottom of the cast pedestal. With age, the bearing 'scallops' the race, and both need to be replaced.



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