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Have a toro LX425 steering problem. Pinion and gear not connecting. I can't find the correct part to fix it in the parts manual. Please help

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  • Lovelll3 Sep 11, 2010

    First, thank you so much for helping me! I have been frustrated and my lawn is growing. I have checked the small gear attached to the end of the shaft, and the gear directly connected to the front wheels. They are both fine. The problem is they don't connect as there is now too much play in the shaft. I am not sure how that happened. In the online manual it shows a flange part that I didn't have on mine. I ordered it, but I don't see where that would even help.

  • Lovelll3 Sep 11, 2010

    You spoke of a bushing. I don't see that in the exploded parts view?

  • Lovelll3 Sep 11, 2010

    Pinion gear is turning fine

  • Lovelll3 Sep 12, 2010

    Hi. The pinion gear and the gear attached to the end of the shaft are both fine...they just don't touch due to too much play in the shaft. It almost appears as if something, all of a sudden, is missing. The shaft slips through two different holes, Both holes are wider than the shaft, allowing for much play. You spoke of a "bushing" yet I can't see a bushing on the manual. thanks for helping!



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Does the sector gear turn when you turn the wheel?

Does the steering shaft fit tight in the bushing and does the bushing fit tight in the housing?

Have a toro LX425 steering - df62c83.jpg

The middle of the pinion should be in line with the sector gear. Is this how it is? Did you have the the steering wheel off and check the splines in the wheel? Is the pinion gear turning?

Let me know,so that we could proceed further.

Hope i helped you.

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Posted on Sep 11, 2010

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    srcme2001 Mar 14, 2012

    I just had this prob on my Toro LX425. From the bottom up.
    Take off the nut holding the small gear of the steering,at the base of the steering column. The gear will silde off easily, by hand in most cases. Then lift UP about three inches the whole steering coloumb. if you look from the bottom up, and push tr==hruogh it with your finger, you will notice a small 5/8 nut, which holds the steering in place just above the small gear. You cant see it but it is just on the other side of the metal that the steering coloumb passes through on the bottom. Push it up and take it out. You may need a hanger hook wire to get to it to pull it out . Very simple. Then you will see how worn it is. That is all you need and it cost three dollars at your nearest TORO parts dealer. Drop it back in and your set to go. The six side 5/8 is just there to hold it in place. It is not a nut that has to be taken off, just a bushing with a 5/8 six sides that falls into place to hold the steering coloumb.
    Hope your good with tools. All you need is a socket n ratchet wrench to remove the gear. When the bushing is repaired the stee will tighten up like a brand new machine. And you will use it again all happy.
    Now this machine is probly being used for commercial use right? It is not made for that but if you do the belt rollers and bushing will prob last about 3 or four years.
    The nesxt thing you'll be replacing most likely is the belt pulleys. and most likely one at a time. If you have the money it is a good investmernt in time to just get all four and replace them so you wont be stuck on a job in the middle with a failed lawn mower.
    Good luck,, just another guy with a LX425

  • Lorie Engberg Sep 09, 2013

    I have this issue as well, brought the tractor to a neighbour who mentioned maybe a bushing - I sure hope so - waiting to hear from him. This would be a cheap fix and I would be grateful if it was!!



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