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06-28-2019 20:30:26

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I have replaced all worn parts in the steering system, manual steering. The tractor has oversize tires, which may be a factor. When making a sharp turn one of the tires really digs into the dirt. The "tie rods/drag links" are not adjusted to the same length, hence the steering arms on top of the spindles are not in the same relative position when the steering wheel is centered. Am I right in assuming this is my problem? I have measured the distance between the tires in the front and rear of the front tires and it is ~60.5". Thank you in advance. I bought a service manual here but my daughter put it away and we cannot find it. lol

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06-29-2019 12:13:23

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 Re: Ford 3000 steering geometry in reply to fatheroftwo, 06-28-2019 20:30:26  
Thank you. mine are not way out, but it is visibly off by 1/2"-1' where the arms rest over the pivot point. This tractor is still much harder to steer than I'd like. Oh well, it's a good upper body workout for this old man. lol

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06-29-2019 10:11:23

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 Re: Ford 3000 steering geometry in reply to fatheroftwo, 06-28-2019 20:30:26  
The gearbox is new, one of the adjusters on the tie rod is rusted together (frozen), so we did all of the adjustments with the other tie rod. Everything is new, spindles,axles, gearbox and the tie rods don't have any slack or play at the ends. I will to get the frozen tie rod free and get the arms in the same relative position. thanks guys for all of the replies, it sure helps tinkerers like me.

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Bob N.Y.

06-29-2019 11:39:31

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 Re: Ford 3000 steering geometry in reply to fatheroftwo, 06-29-2019 10:11:23  
I recently bought a non-running MF 35 which has the same steering arrangement as your tractor. One drag link was taken way up and the other was extended so that the toe in was right. The front wheels wouldn't go all the way to the right or left. I think the steering box was getting to the limit in both directions before the wheels were.

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Bob N.Y.

06-29-2019 07:53:18

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 Re: Ford 3000 steering geometry in reply to fatheroftwo, 06-28-2019 20:30:26  
The arms on top of the spindles should be in the same relative position when the tires are pointing straight ahead. If not, you either have mis-matched parts, a twisted spindle, a sheared key or the toe in is wrong.

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Sean in PA

06-29-2019 07:02:17

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 Re: Ford 3000 steering geometry in reply to fatheroftwo, 06-28-2019 20:30:26  
They will dig in a little depending on how sharp you're turning and how soft the ground is. Make sure that the toe in is adjusted as per the manual and that should minimize it as much as possible.

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06-29-2019 06:01:24

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 Re: Ford 3000 steering geometry in reply to fatheroftwo, 06-28-2019 20:30:26  
With out seeing the tractor, its hard to say.. remember the arms at the gear box are in different locations so yes, the arms are different lengths. Assuming you timed the box correctly when you put it back together,
yes, one tire will dig into the sod as your turn... all my 3000s 3600s and 3610s do so. iirc its the outer tire... that digs into the sod while turning.

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