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Wrestler22
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:43 pm    Post subject: Ford 2600 steering issues Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hello all,

Looking to get some help with the steering problems of my 1980 2600.

When I bought the tractor around a year ago, it had this steering issue and now I am looking to fix it. The steering wheel is very loose (lots of play) and it almost feels like the steering is delayed. When I turn the steering wheel and stop it, the tires keep moving for an additional 2-3 seconds. This obviously makes the tractor go all over.

I just replaced the link arm ball joint and it did nothing. Steering linkage is tight.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:40 am    Post subject: Re: Ford 2600 steering issues Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Is this power steering?
If so, someone has likely been in there
and did not properly tighten - or stake
the upper nut according to the manual.
Part # 21 at the link below.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:45 am    Post subject: Re: Ford 2600 steering issues Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Is it manual steering? If so, see if the steering wheel moves up and down as you turn it. If it does, the upper bearing in the column is toast.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:25 am    Post subject: Re: Ford 2600 steering issues Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It is also possible the spring washer, part #20 in the diagram, is broken.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:57 am    Post subject: Re: Ford 2600 steering issues Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-SkipperII wrote:
(quoted from post at 12:25:35 10/14/19) It is also possible the spring washer, part #20 in the diagram, is broken.

That would be my first thought too. Symptoms fit.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:18 am    Post subject: Re: Ford 2600 steering issues Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes it does have power steering. I am assuming the problem is in the steering box like you all have said. The tractor does turn easy even with heavy loads in the loader.

With that being said, how difficult is diving into the steering box? Sounds like a real headache
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:19 am    Post subject: Re: Ford 2600 steering issues Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes it does have power steering. I am assuming the problem is in the steering box like you all have said. The tractor does turn easy even with heavy loads in the loader.
With that being said, how difficult is diving into the steering box? Sounds like a real headache
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Ford 2600 steering issues Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The worst part of the job is getting the dash cowl off. Not hard, just time consuming. You don't have to take the column all the way down to get to that washer, just the top part off. If you see the washer is in pieces I'd go no further, just new seals in the part you took off, new washer, adjust the nut down and stake it and reassemble. if you're lucky the top of the steering shaft just under the steering wheel won't be rough from rust.
 
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