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Lawn mower steering

Hi. My mom has a Craftsman Riding Mower. The rod that comes from the steering wheel to a ball type thing on the front axle won't stay on. Almost like the hole in the rod is wore to the point it is too large to hold "ball." What can I do to fix this? Right now we are zip-tying the rod to the axle, which only lasts a little while. Thank you!!!!

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Order new piece. Parts are pretty cheap on ebay or amazon.

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I had both my front wheels wobbly - so I cut shims from a tin can - wrapped the axle of the wheels with the shims and then inserted them back into the plastic bushes. It was a snug fit - but helped quite a lot.

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put it in reverse ton the wheel to the right and hit the wall again....or ir you were backing up when u hit the wall runn into foward

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go to parts tree.com.put in your model#.they will probably have what you need.hope this helps

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Look under the seat of your tractor and note the complete Model number.
(usually begins with 917. _ _ _ _ _ _ )

Next, go to THIS PAGE and use the Model Number to find an exploded view of the steering components and how they assemble.

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