Sabre steering

tombob(z6IL)April 20, 2012

I have a John Deere Sabre, 38" cut with hydro that I bought new in '99. With the exception of a thrown rod in the original B&S engine (I replaced the engine six years ago myself) it has been an excellent, reliable mower.

Now, however, there is about 6" of play in the steering. I think the machine has a few more years, and I do most of my own mechanical work.

What do I look at in order to correct the loose steering? (Provided I can still get parts from JD)

Thanks for any ideas!

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My guess is much of the play is in the rods that move the wheel spindles. I'm sure there is a little play everywhere. Sector gears and shaft bushings wear some too. Best just to do some back and forths with the wheel and watch where the worst of it is.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 9:58PM
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