Part 1 of 1: Replace the drag link
- Materials Needed.
- Step 1: Remove the tire.
- Step 2: Locate the drag link.
- Step 3: Remove the drag link from steering arm.
- Step 4: Remove drag link from pitman arm.
- Step 5: Prepare to install the new drag link.
- Step 6: Install the new drag link.
- Step 7: Test the drag link.
A drag link converts rotary motion from a crank arm, to a second bellcrank, usually in an automotive steering system.
How do you fix a steering wheel on a lawn mower?
Steering System Repairs Loosen the bolts that hold the top and bottom parts of the steering gear box together. Turn the steering wheel completely to the left to snap the gears back into place and realign the steering wheel with the mower wheels, and tighten the bolts back into place afterward.
Little pro tip to whoever has a stuck drag link end. You can use a floor jack to pull off your drag link end on the pitman arm. Using a crowbar as leverage, insert the rounded end over the drag link end and jack up the other end with your floor jack. I found that a pickle fork and a BFH was not enough.
You dont need to get an alignment, but you will need to ensure that the drag link is set at the same length as your old one before you install it, if you have the steering wheel off by a full turn you will have problems.
Does Drag Link affect alignment?
The left tie rod end connected to the Pitman arm, ( drag link ), has an adjustment sleeve that is used to get the steering wheel rotation to be at 12 o’clock when travelling straight ahead. That adjustment does not affect wheel alignment.
Why is my riding mower hard?
Please make sure your tires are properly inflated. Then look along the steering shaft for a grease fitting, and grease the shaft. Check for any worn guides or bushings along the steering shaft. Look for a grease fitting down there as well as the axle and where the steering arms connect to the wheels and tires.