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Ford 9700 loose steering


 
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Jeffro_bodine2000
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:53 pm    Post subject: Ford 9700 loose steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Our 9700 steering had started to get a lot of slop and now it will not turn at all. Its completely hydrostatic and I took the pump off and inspected it and it is pumping as it should. I am thinking that there is an issue in the steering box itself. Anyone else had this happen and how easy/expensive is the fix?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Ford 9700 loose steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Assuming that the oil level is correct in the resevoir.... you've either got a steering cylinder that is bypassing internally.... or a bad steering motor.
I'd probably take one line or the other off the steering cylinder then turn the wheel the opposite direction and see if oil comes out the nipple on the cylinder end. If it does... then you have a bypassing cylinder that needs rebuilt. If no oil moves at all... you have a motor problem. That, IIRC, is a replacement issue at this point. No doubt you can rig something up that will work.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Ford 9700 loose steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yeah I was going to try and take the hose off at the cylinder today and see. I will try it tomorrow and go from there. How hard is the steering motor to take off? I know the hood will need to come off to gain better access.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Ford 9700 loose steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Jeffro_bodine2000 wrote:
(quoted from post at 19:41:03 12/16/12) Yeah I was going to try and take the hose off at the cylinder today and see. I will try it tomorrow and go from there. How hard is the steering motor to take off? I know the hood will need to come off to gain better access.


I removed the steering motor/ hand pump from our 9700 several years ago do to excessive leaking. I took the hood, upper fuel tank and the fuel tank support off to get to the steering motor. I replaced all four hydraulic lines while it was apart also.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Ford 9700 loose steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'd lay odds that it's a cylinder. Follow Rod's advice for testing before you rip it apart.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:29 am    Post subject: Re: Ford 9700 loose steering Reply to specific post Reply with quote

check the rag joint (flex coupling at base of column ) you can buy a repair kit at napa
 
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