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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:14 pm    Post subject: case vac-14 1953 steering froze Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Steering is frozen at worm gear. Disconnected steering wheel linkage and tried turning out worm gear per service manual, but shaft, gear, whatever? is extremely difficult to turn. Turned it enough that there is not enough shaft from behind the housing to continue turning it. Bearing and shaft are starting to come out the front, but can"t turn it from the front. Any Suggestions?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:57 am    Post subject: Re: case vac-14 1953 steering froze Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Time to rebuild it. Bushings and bearings are NLA from case.

Both bearings on the shaft are JOHN DEERE H MODEL GOVENOR BEARINGS. yes, yes I know... but they are hidden inside, no one will see them and they will not turn your paint green. I had a machine shop make the front bushing for the box. I have an extra one and can measure it up for you. I bought a bushing
that matches the OD and had the ID opened up to match the shaft. If there are still plastic shims from the front plate SAVE THEM!!!! this sets the bearing load on the steering shaft. They are NLA from case as well. You may need to make more to adjust.

Brad Kocka
 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:25 am    Post subject: Re: case vac-14 1953 steering froze Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for the info on bearings. I planned on rebuilding it, my problem is that it is frozen up or jammed up at the gears and I can't remove the worm gear. Any suggestions on removing it?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 5:03 pm    Post subject: Re: case vac-14 1953 steering froze Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Here is how I did it... Remove Grill, Radiator, Radiator support bar. Clean out the area in front of the steering box well. Spray down the shaft with some blaster. Clean as much rust and stuff off the shaft and spray again.
1. Remove front cover on steering box. Careful with the shims. Remove bearing race. This should slide in the bore so it shouldn't be that tough. Take the bearing out.
2 Remove the bottom part of the front end slowly. Be nice to the gasket. You will need it for a pattern or re-use This is a straight cut gear and will slide off the worm gear....
3. Get the shaft out by whatever means available. There is not much clearance on the front of the steering box to the front bolster. I used some mest abrasive cloth to clean the shaft as best I was able while driving the shaft out of the housing. I used flooring oak and a small sledge. Drive the shaft through the front bolster.
4. Remove the two large bolts on the top of the steering box. This is a SLIDE fit with an O-ring seal. Lift it straight up to remove. Now finish getting the shaft out. I drove it back in carefully and cleaned the shaft up until I could slide it out by hand.

After you pull the bottom off make sure the bottom is free. This isolates it to upper box or lower unit. Both on narrow front and WFE

Brad
 
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