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[URL="http://jdpc.deere.com/pimages/MP15/MP1591_________UN01JAN94.gif[/IMG] jdparts diagram for late 316 steering gear[/URL]
Would someone please check their service manual and tell me how to adjust this steering gear to eliminate the play in the steering gear? Also how do you lube this type of steering gear?
 

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John, TM 1590 60-05-18
31. Adjust over center preload:

• Back off preload adjuster until it stops, then turn it in

one full turn.

• Center gear travel by rotating shaft.

• Check torque required to turn worm shaft. Record

reading.

M34002 -UN-03OCT89

• Turn preload adjuster in, until rolling torque required to

turn worm shaft is 0.50—1.20 N·m (4—10 lb-in.) more

than first reading.

• Install lock nut. Hold preload adjuster screw and tighten

lock nut to 34 N·m (25 lb-ft).

Basically, just free up adjustment screw, move through full travel and start tightening screw and each time move full travel till you find the tightest spot, snug it down, and tighten lock nut.
 

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Hey John,

for whatever it's worth- When I bought my 330 the steering box (same as your 316) had LOTS of play- like a full half of a turn on the wheel before doing anything. I adjusted the box as Jerry described, and it didn't do much- still had at least 1/3 wheel of play. My point being- they can get worn out enough that readjusting won't do the trick. It may have to be rebuilt or replaced, which is what I did. I bought a "gently used" steering box from Randy Becker and dropped it in.

Certainly give the readjustment procedure a try, but it may not do it.

Mike
 

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I bought a couple new steering gears from e*** for 2 140's I used to own.They are new John Deere parts for under $100.00.That is if it can't be adjusted.

AJ
 

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Thanks guys! I have spare steering gears for my other tractors, early 140 type, late 140 type, 317 type, 214 type, but not for this one. I'm thinking it will be fine now.

Here's the steering gear in the 316 Onan. All I did was turn this adjustment (see yellow arrow) in and out to try to take the play out.

Turning the bolt out took the play out. When I finally got all the play out, the wheels wold only turn slightly left & right. I had to turn it back in until I had full range again and then lock it there with the lock nut.

BTW that adjustment screw requires a Torx T30 hex star point for adjustment.

Took it down to the car wash again and still didn't get all the dirt off this thing! Always find more when I get home.
 

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Thanks guys! I have spare steering gears for my other tractors, early 140 type, late 140 type, 317 type, 214 type, but not for this one. I'm thinking it will be fine now.

Here's the steering gear in the 316 Onan. All I did was turn this adjustment (see yellow arrow) in and out to try to take the play out. Turning the bolt out took the play out. When I finally got all the play out, the wheels wold only turn slightly left & right. I had to turn it back in until I had full range again and then lock it there with the lock nut.

BTW that adjustment screw requires a Torx T30 hex star point for adjustment.

Took it down to the car wash again and still didn't get all the dirt off this thing! Always find more when I get home.
 

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Sorry guys should have paid closer attention.I see now in the photo's it is a Onan powered.I thought we were talking about a Kohler powered 316.

AJ
 

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In the attached thread Brian mentions that 98 and new 455's had the undercarriage triangular steering bracket changed out.

http://www.wfmachines.com/discus/messages/60944/230408.html?1357240810

I have a 93 with the triangular bracket and was wondering if this can be cheaply converted to the new design. The reason is the new design looks a lot simpler and just cleans up the undercarriage with less stuff to be damaged and also increases clearance.

Your thoughts?
 
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