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Steering Wheel Adjustment .The lever is located under the steering column, slightly to the left. To adjust the steering wheel: 1. Pull the lever down. 2. Move the steering wheel up or down into a comfortable position. 3. Pull the lever up to lock the wheel in place. Do not adjust the tilt lever while driving.
Paul it appears your machines steering components are not adjustable, as normal tie rods are. So that means you have to replace steering parts that are worn or try and repair bent steering parts. You could have your steering links made adjustable at a machine shop. below is your manual,
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If this is your front end, I'd say you probably bent the linkage rods. 61 & 62. Most alignments start with the steering wheel centered, bring the closest wheel in to alignment, then work the other one in. Again, on these the links often get bent.
1) The tie rod between the front wheels is bent or the adjuster nut has come loose. 2) The plastic wheel bearings have gone to sh*t on either or both sides 3) The steering knuckles were never greased and their bushings are shot to sh*t. 4) The front tires have come off the rims 5) The front axle beam has been bent
Find a small engine repair shop in the yellow pages and have a person with know how put his eyes and hands on it, you will know within a few minutes what is wrong.
To give you a professional soultion I really need a complete model number.
Here is what happens when steering becomes a problem on ANY brand of riding mower.
1. Tie rods get bent
2. Wheel spindle pivots get bent on one side.
3. Pivot bearings or bushings get worn
4. Linkages from the steering wheel to the tie rod pivot connection get bent.
On the basic bottom of the line Craftsman riding mowers the tie rods are fixed and not adjustable. However if you look for a mirror image left to right of the tie rods often you will note that one of them is bent in or out... or is shorter than the other one. There are after market tie rods that are adjustable. This is over 40 years of experience talking here.
THe best way to do an inspection of steering is to place the mower on tripods so that the fram is being supported and not the steering components and then set the steering wheel to the straight position and inpsect ALL of the steering and suspension components for the front end.
Without your model number this is quite generic. With a model number I can show you a parts diagram by item number of what to check.
The C0474 code refers to a steering angle sensor located at or near the base of the steering column. Check where the steering column goes through the front of dash and verify the connector is fully seated and locked.
The sensor gets its voltage from the ABS module.
Let me know if it is clean, locked and seated. Make sure there are no pushed out or bent terminals on the connector.
Check this first and we can go from there.