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Steering wheel straight but the wheels are in v shape nothnbroken

Hi i have a craftsman dlt 3000 42in cut and the wheels are both pointed out in a sorta v shape and the steering wheel is straight there is not anything broken on it and my dad and i have started taking the steering apart and we decided that we should check online for the same problem and havent found it yet any out there that can help us?

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Barring anything broken or bent on the front steering linkage, the tires can be adjusted by removing the tie rod end from the control arm of each wheel. The tie rod end should be threaded into the tie rod. Turn the end in or out, depending on which way you need the tire to adjust. Do this procedure on both front wheels with the steering wheel in the straight forward position.
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