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Sabre steering

Posted by tombob z6IL (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 20, 12 at 21:39

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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RE: Sabre steering

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.

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