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Oliver, Cletrac, Co-op & Cockshutt Tractors Discussion Forum

Oliver 550 steering help

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06-10-2019 17:35:56

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Hi All,
I noticed my right pitman arm bolt is digging into the side of the tractor is there an adjustment or is my pitman arm bent? If it's bent any idea on where I get something like that? I can't seem to find one any where.

Also my gas engine smokes a decent amount but runs great is this normal or should I be looking at doing valve seals?



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06-11-2019 06:00:07

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 Re: Oliver 550 steering help in reply to M1tchsc0tt0, 06-10-2019 17:35:56  
Thanks all...i am going to try the pitman arm first if I can't bend it back I'll contact ken hopefully for a new one.

Is there a way to tell if the bearings / shaft in the box are bent vs the pitman arm?

Thanks again!

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06-11-2019 06:11:59

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 Re: Oliver 550 steering help in reply to M1tchsc0tt0, 06-11-2019 06:00:07  
You'd see movement in the shaft if it was bent,but as short as it is out beyond the bearing,I doubt it is unless it was right tight behind the arm.

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06-11-2019 07:59:59

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 Re: Oliver 550 steering help in reply to rrlund, 06-11-2019 06:11:59  
The steering shaft probably isnít bent. Itís the pitman arm thatís probably bent. The right side on our super 55 took a hit at some point that pushed it against the transmission housing and it rubs bad.

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06-11-2019 15:20:56

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 Re: Oliver 550 steering help in reply to oliverkid, 06-11-2019 07:59:59  
I can see that happening. I don't see that shaft taking much of a bend without breaking.

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06-10-2019 19:28:11

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 Re: Oliver 550 steering help in reply to M1tchsc0tt0, 06-10-2019 17:35:56  
Could be bent or bearing in steering box may be bad or shaft that arm is on may be bent. To replace either the bearing or shaft, the steering box may have to come apart. If so, then would be a good time to rebuild the steering box or replace it. Contact Kent Gorden in Texas at 903-729-8349. He rebuilds steering boxes and also has parts. He gave me a lot of help with my 550 when I had a similar problem.

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06-10-2019 18:33:47

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 Re: Oliver 550 steering help in reply to M1tchsc0tt0, 06-10-2019 17:35:56  
By pitman I assume youíre talking back at the steering box. If itís hitting the tractor yes it is bent inward. Shouldnít be to bad of a job to push back out straight if you have access to a shop press. I would avoid heating it if possible.

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