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Front wheels of our riding lawn mower

The front wheels on our riding lawn mower are not turning together. One wheel is very loose and when we turn the steering wheel, one wheel turns but not the other one.....husband is trying to fix but maybe he could use some advise.....thanks.

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Most front ends for riding lawn mowers, need to be greased. In addition to this, most of the rims for the front tires, have a nipple for a grease gun, which also need to be lubricated.

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