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Steering wheel on rider mower is straight and wheels both point

Out , can not steer it- from under it there is a wheel with belt -and up over that is a v shaped bar that looks a little chewed up- is that bar supposed to be up over the belt( sears 18.5 42" bed - got caught on a ridge and had to push it out , now it won't steer-nothing looks loose or broken off

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You need to take the bent tie rod off and straighten it out and put it back on. Look carefully at the engine pulley ("wheel"). Make sure it is not bent. By bent I mean the bottom is not pushed up. The pulley should form a 'V'

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