Sears Craftsman-brand riding mowers include user-serviceable steering changes including the front-wheel toe-in and steering wheel alignment. Changing the steering on a Craftsman riding mower will be related to one of these two adjustments. You can correct poor steering through toe-in adjustment. If the steering wheel crossbars aren't horizontal, re-fit the steering wheel to change them.
Things You'll Need
- Flat-head screwdriver
Position the front wheels so that they're straight ahead and on a flat surface, like a concrete pad, for example. Then measure the distance between the front wheels at the front and back of the tires. The front measurement should be 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch less than the back measurement.
Loosen the jam nuts at the adjustment sleeves on the tie rod to adjust the toe-in. The tie rod is the rod that runs between the front wheels. Then adjust the rod until the front measurement is 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch less than the back measurement. Tighten the jam nuts.
Position the front wheels straight ahead. Pry the steering wheel insert loose with the flat-head screwdriver and then loosen the hex bolt, lock washer, and large flat washer on the steering shaft. Re-position the steering wheel so that the crossbars are horizontal, sliding the wheel into the steering wheel adapter. The tabs between the bottom of the steering wheel and steering sleeve extension should mesh. Re-install the hardware.
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