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acdave
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:14 pm    Post subject: 550 oliver steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

my 550 turns much harder to the left than it does to the right would anyone have any ideas what would cause this just wondering how to fix it David
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:02 pm    Post subject: Re: 550 oliver steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Manual or power steering. Power steering Saginaw or Charlynn?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:54 pm    Post subject: Re: 550 oliver steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

manual j sorry i did not include that
 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:15 am    Post subject: Re: 550 oliver steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Generally caused by the recirculating balls falling out of their housing, because the bearing at the bottom of the steering shaft has disintegrated- usually from water running down the inside of the steering shaft and rusting it. Repair is fairly straightforward- just take the steering shaft and box off, and take it apart. Probably best to have some kind of manual- IT covers it OK.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:23 am    Post subject: Re: 550 oliver steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

its funny you say that steering is harder to the left.I will be picking up my 550 in about a week,first time I looked at tractor,steering was fine,then I went back to look at tractor again and noticed steering hard to left.I called a guy in texas who was vwery familiar with this steering problem-he told me its a common problem with a bearing in the steering box so I would be interested in finding out more about this myself.Also does anyone know the turning radius of a 550?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:35 pm    Post subject: Re: 550 oliver steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mike (WA) may have hit it perfectly. I just went through that exact thing on my super 55. I was able to get all the parts at Korves Oliver. It would steer hard to the left and if you turn the wheel with the engine turned off you could hear it grinding. Also I think that under "parts & pieces" there are some photos of a rebuild. The oliver maintenance manual also covers rebuilding along with pictures very well.
 
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