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 05-20-2008, 12:34 Post: 153806
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 Steering wheel not in-line with wheels

Hello!

I just had a Cub Cadet 1042 delivered to me yesterday (first one)and I noticed that the steering is about 30 deg off from the direction the front wheels are pointing! It rides fine, but is a little annoying Smile Is this an alignment issue? Can I fix this myself?

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 05-20-2008, 12:39 Post: 153807
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 Steering wheel not in-line with wheels

Tractors are pretty primitive and there is no such thing as precision alignment. Are you saying the steering wheel spokes are off center when driving straight ahead? If so, you can probably pop the steering wheel off the shaft and reposition it on the splines to get it closer. It's doubtful it will ever be exact. If the machine actually has adjustable tie rods it probably only has one, which would make it nearly impossible to center exactly.






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 05-20-2008, 12:58 Post: 153808
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If the machine has power (hydraulic) steering it will never line up.

With hydraulic steering the steering wheel moves a valve in the form of a shaft which directs fluid power to push the wheels. If you move the steering wheel to full lock (all the way in one direction) with hydraulic steering you will see that the wheel will continue to turn (but slowly) after the steering tires stop.

If that's the case, you can just go to full stop and then 30 beyond, and next time you start the engine and straighten the wheels the steering wheel will be in a different spot.

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 05-20-2008, 13:24 Post: 153810
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 Steering wheel not in-line with wheels

On a garden tractor, it's a cosmetic, not an allignment issue. But appearance items are important; that's a big reason why you buy new. It makes you wonder what else was missed in the pre-delivery. I'd use it just enough to shake out any other problems, then require a free service call to fix that and any other defects.






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 05-20-2008, 13:56 Post: 153812
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 Steering wheel not in-line with wheels

Amanda23,

I'm guessing that the fella who assembled your tractor probably didn't take the time to position the steering wheel properly before tightening it up.

Most garden tractors are shipped to the dealers unassembled, in crates, in order to save space on the truck. When they arrive at the dealer somebody has to put them together before being sold.

If you purchased your lawn tractor from a discount retailer, do yourself a favor and check everything over. The wheels might not be tightened properly.....the deck might not be perfectly level......etc.

I'm only guessing here -- but unless you purchased your Cub Cadet from a reputable dealer, chances are that some part-time, high school kid assembled it in a dark room, in the back of the store.

Drive your tractor in a straight line up to the garage, then remove the steering wheel and reposition it on the shaft. I doubt that it will ever be perfect, but you should be able to get it a whole lot closer than it is.

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 05-20-2008, 14:45 Post: 153814
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If the machine has power (hydraulic) steering it will never line up.With hydraulic steering the steering wheel moves a valve in the form of a shaft which directs fluid power to push the wheels. If you move the steering wheel to full lock (all the way in one direction) with hydraulic steering you will see that the wheel will continue to turn (but slowly) after the steering tires stop. If that's the case, you can just go to full stop and then 30 beyond, and next time you start the engine and straighten the wheels the steering wheel will be in a different spot.Best of luck.



And that is why the spinner knobs on this can be a negative. I did not realize how the wheel varies until I did put a spinner knob on tractor with totally hyd steering. kt






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 05-20-2008, 16:07 Post: 153821
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I did not realize how the wheel varies until I did put a spinner knob on tractor with totally hyd steering. kt



I made the mistake of telling my gal to turn the wheel full to the left so I could get behind it to do something. I bent in behind the front tire and wondered what the funny noise was, I looked up to see her smiling away and still turning. Laughing out loud

But she is good with the weather, and she's catching on to flying a plane pretty quick.

Oh well, you can't win them all...... Wink yeah right


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 05-20-2008, 16:18 Post: 153822
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Drive your tractor in a straight line up to the garage, then remove the steering wheel and reposition it on the shaft.I doubt that it will ever be perfect, but you should be able to get it a whole lot closer than it is.Joel



Thanks everyone! I'll try and remove the steering wheel this evening and give it a try (hopefully it won't be too difficult).

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