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Steering My tractor has a steering problem. The left front go striaght and the right front turns.

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If not tie rods could be one of the spindles is broken. I just had to replace my front left spindle, it is what actually turns the wheel, steering rod connects to the spindle which is also the part that goes through center of wheel. Hard to explain much easier to show picture & diagram. I have an older wheelhorse mower & don't know if the bodies & parts are similar to other riding mowers.

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Look under the front between the wheels at the tie rod that connects the two wheels. It is probably bent up and should be straight. If it's bent, remove it a straighten it.

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