Part required for Craftsman Ride on Mower 38" model 917.259040
I would like to source the steering rod that connects the wheel to the front axle of a Craftsman 38" mower. The model number is 917.259040 and it has a 13.5 HP Briggs and Stratton engine. I think it is a 2002/3 build. The ball joint on the front axle and steering rod has parted so I assume I need a complete new part unless you have another idea? I am based in the UK so would need a local supplier if possible. Also if you can tell me where I can source an operators manual that would be helpful. Thanks Gary
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check out the steering connecting rod. its the rod that goes from left to right front wheels. if it is not completely straight, either bend it straight or buy a new one.
Also, could be your front axle if you dont have the cast iron heavy duty axle.
You are correct. there is an adjustment for the wheels. The front wheels are connected to the steering by tie rods, as in a car. This kind of adjustment is not found in a user manual, but you can do it. Inspect how the wheels are connected and inspect the tie rods. The tie rods have to be disconnected from the wheel and turned in or out depending on which direction the wheel needs to go ,in or out. One tie rod is right hand thread. The other is left hand thread. So the adjustment is making the tie rods shorter or longer. If you do a search on the web ' riding mower tie rod adjustment', you'll find plenty of info.
Joseph, Most likely it is the bronze bushing at the other end of the steering shaft. You will need to remove the mower deck to access it more easily. The steering gear could be replaced at the same time if you want, you will be right there at both the bushing and the gear, the sector shaft hopefully is ok. You can view this with a flash light before disassembly. It is on the steernig shaft that goes behind the fuel tank, down into the frame. As you or a helper turn the steernig wheel back and forth, you can see the engagment of the steering gear and the sector shaft, to determine if they need replacing too. Your dealer should have a dozen or so of those bronze bushings. Its not a bad job to do.
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.
I've noticed this on other Craftsman and MTD mowers. The ones with the one main steering rod from the steering wheel to the left wheel and a connecting rod from the left wheel to the right wheel. I think that since we are advised to mow in a counter-clockwise direction, they design the mowers to turn tighter towards the left. It's in the design just like you suspected.