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Lots of play in the steering 966

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06-10-2021 22:04:38

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Hi there Ive got a 966 with a LOT of play in the steering. Almost unsafe to drive. I have no idea where to start on this one. Things start moving immediately when you turn the wheel but takes about a turn for things to really catch and move. Any ideas? Thank you!

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the tractor vet

06-11-2021 07:40:36

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 Re: Lots of play in the steering 966 in reply to Js1111, 06-10-2021 22:04:38  
Where do you start on a 66 steering to fix it , You start with replacing EVERYTHING that moves , New bushing and piviots on the cylinder , new tire rod ends, the cylinder end that is hooked to the Ft. axle and most times they need to have the axle reamed for the new style tapper pivot mount and that takes a special reamer for that job . Also replacing the spindle bushing in the knees . Depending on just how bad it is . I have seen a couple it was easier to just get a new/ Used ft. axle and rebush the cylinder and call it good .

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06-11-2021 07:16:19

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 Re: Lots of play in the steering 966 in reply to Js1111, 06-10-2021 22:04:38  
Those 66 series tractors are notorious for loose steering. The poor design gets loose after a while.The center cylinder/drag link is the biggest offender. The tie rods are often loose as well. Even the splines on the knees.If it has the tilt steering wheel,the splines there also get loose. Get your wife to sit up on the seat and turn the wheel as you watch. You will see what is worn. I'll bet most of it is. Then you can come up with a plan.

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caterpillar guy

06-11-2021 03:23:17

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 Re: Lots of play in the steering 966 in reply to Js1111, 06-10-2021 22:04:38  
Start by looking at the tierod ends have some body slowly turn the wheel back and forth till the wheels start to move. Then also look at the top of the spindles where the steering arms fasten on to them. Those splines wear and let the wheels move quite severely when worn about out. Jack up each wheel and check the wheel bearings for looseness All of these things will cause sloppy steering. While you're at it check for pivot pin slop in the axle pivot and the yoke. After all this is checked out and fixed as needed I'll bet it steers a lot better and tighter. I just did our 1466 a couple years ago boy what a difference it made.

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