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Bent tierod Is there a way to adjust the tierod on these mowers? Mine is bent, or at least I think it is. I can line up one tire with the rear wheel and the other front tire is pointing about 15 degrees out from center.

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Not only that, but when you turn right, the right tire flops all the way to the right, basically stopping any effective movement.
This is very common. To fix it, go to and find your way to parts. You need a new tierod, and you also need the plastic bushings that the tierod sits in.
But there is a better way.
If you can weld, or know someone that can or have a shop available to you that can do it for you this will be a permanent fix.
From tractor supply company, get these (2 to a pack)
Then get about 2+ feet of mild steel tube with an inner diameter of 3/4".
Then get 2 grade 5 or 8 bolts, 7/16" X 20tpi X 2 1/2" long, and 4 nuts to fit them.

Here is the idea. You make a tierod by welding the bolts into the tube so you can attach the ball joints to each end. Obviously length is important and you want to make the ends of your tierod bolts extend half way into each ball joint assembly when it is the right length. This gives room for adjustment either way once you put it together.

One nut is installed on each bolt and welded in place so there are 2 surfaces (bolt head and nut) contacting the inside of the tube. The welded nut and the bolt head will need grinding so they are round and fit into the tube. Weld one bolt on the tube, figure length, cut tube, weld the other one. The welding is best done using a wire feed welder, but a stick welder will work if you have small sticks and use low current.

I am providing horrible detail. It really isn't that tough, and when you are done you will have better steering that you had even when the tractor was new.

As an alternate, use solid steel and just weld the bolts to the ends, although you probably won't get them as straight as they will be using tube.

Posted on May 25, 2009


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