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Richard Naylor

07-15-2005 10:43:44

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I have a front mounted dist. 8N. My steering has become stiff over the years and is now locked up. The manual shows a fill plug on the steering box indicating right side (looking forward)in front of the pitman arm - BUT I cannot see any such plug.

I want to check the lubricant level as a first measure before I have to dismantle the machine to get to the box.
1. Where is the plug?
2. Any ideas on what might be the problem with the steering and what do I do to fix it? My mechanical skills are limited to reuilding carbs etc. Thx a lot.

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Bob W [FL]

07-15-2005 14:07:40

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 Re: locked steering in reply to Richard Naylor, 07-15-2005 10:43:44  
Try the attached link. This was discussed before and this link has pictures.

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richard Naylor

07-19-2005 15:09:11

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 Re: locked steering in reply to Bob W [FL], 07-15-2005 14:07:40  
Thanks guys I won't have a chance to look up the serial number until the weekend.
Meanwhile SouNdguy thanks a lot - the last thing I need is to have to rebuild the thing. However - as with boats, that is the fun of having old machinery! Thx again and will respond on Saturday. RNN

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Jerry (AL)

07-15-2005 13:09:14

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 Re: locked steering in reply to Richard Naylor, 07-15-2005 10:43:44  
You need to know the year to find the plug. Mine was a 49 and the official plug is up high just about out of sight on the left side of the box near the dash frame. It's a small pipe plug. Later models had it on the right side like you mentioned. Mine had two plugs since someone had drilled and tapped a plug they could get to on the right side. Chances are there's nothing in there to check.

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07-15-2005 11:19:51

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 Re: locked steering in reply to Richard Naylor, 07-15-2005 10:43:44  
They moved those darned oil fill holes all over the place during the 4 years 8Ns were made for some reason. You will have to tell us the exact year of your tractor before we can help you. My 48 8N had the fill plug exactly where you described it.


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07-15-2005 11:17:57

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 Re: locked steering in reply to Richard Naylor, 07-15-2005 10:43:44  
If it is the late style box.. the fill plug is actually a bolt that goes thru the battery box/shroud housing into the right side top area of the box.

If it has been getting tight for a while.. you are 'late' on wanting to look for lube. By now.. the bearings are probably already chewed up and the rollers may have dropped into the sector gears.


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