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While making a hard left turn the front left tire jammed against the mower body and I had to put it into reverse to straighten it out. Now the mower will not turn to the right. I can turn the tires by hand when there is no weight on it, but it will not respond to the wheel. There are no obvious broken links.

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Nothing is broken,just bent.Go to the front of the mower.Get low.In between the front wheels you will see a bar,or rod.It looks like a tie rod on a car.That bar should be bent slightly but when you hit something with the front tier it gets bent too much.One end of the bar screws in and the other nd is on a clip or pin.Remove one side,which ever is easiest for you.Then just bend the bar back to almost straight.You may have to do this several times to get the turning radius back to normal.

Posted on May 23, 2011

  • bmurphy870 May 25, 2011

    The bar was the first thing I checked. It is fine. The problem is that the steering wheel maxes out where the column spindle meshes into the teeth under the gas tank. I think it must have slipped due to wear. It has plenty of more teeth to turn to the left, but not to the right. The question is, do I remove the column splindle, or the teeth it joins up with in order to recenter the steering shaft? How hard is that to do? Do I have to remove the mower deck? I tried to remove the tooth plate, but I am afraid I am going to round off the nut heads by working blindly by feel while tring to hold the the top side of the nuts still so they don't just spin around without loosening. I have cosidered attacking the nuts with an angle grinder, but sparks near a gas tank kind of scare me. I know that I can remove the gas tank if I to.

  • Michael Spreafico May 26, 2011

    Remove and recenter the teeth.Yes,it is kinda hard.You will have to remove the hood and gas tank.That will give you access to the teeth.

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