1983 MF265 steering is loose

Arryla

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Kingston,Ok.
I just bought this tractor and noticed on 1st run around pasture that steering is real loose.Is that normal or does it need something?
 

Arryla

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Kingston,Ok.
The centre vertical shaft and its bushes behind the battery will be worn. Also you may have wear in your ball joints and King pins and axle pivot. Jack the tractor up leaving the axle hanging and wobble the wheel to see where it is worn.
Will check into all that as soon as i can get it on level ground.Thanks
 

Lincs Lass

Member
Location
north lincs
it is the same, an adjustable reamer will be needed! yonks since i did my 590! but it wandered all over
I remember the 590s ,well any of that series wanting to put you in the hedge bottom ,,from memory its full front end strip down to get at it ,,MF dealer at the time was Chandlers in Lincoln and it was a days job when everything came apart easily , all these years on ,every bolt will be rusted up .
 

MF-ANDY

Member
Location
s.e cambs
I surely hope not.I just bought it after buying 20 acres.I gotta lot of clearing to do.
Don't believe all you read. Asses where the worst wear is and tackle it a bit at a time. There were special tools to ream the new bushes out but some don't need much and the bushes you get nowadays dont seem to have as much meat on them. Make sure you clean the hole well then adjustable reamer will do. The only pin that might be sized is the one that pins the ram to the tombstone. Other than that it's a straightforward job.
 
Don't believe all you read. Asses where the worst wear is and tackle it a bit at a time. There were special tools to ream the new bushes out but some don't need much and the bushes you get nowadays dont seem to have as much meat on them. Make sure you clean the hole well then adjustable reamer will do. The only pin that might be sized is the one that pins the ram to the tombstone. Other than that it's a straightforward job.
I entirely agree ...... Did my 565 last year. Did the steering shaft bushes & various others. Yes, it's a bit involved, but the parts are cheap ..... even the main steering shaft isn't very expensive if it's worn & has to be replaced. Just remember that it has to come out upwards & go back in from the top of the front casting ....... and be careful when you try to remove the steering ram securing pin ........ If you can't get it out, you can still do the job with the ram in-situ.
 

Wisconsonian

Member
Trade
20 acres to clear is not nearly as bad in Oklahoma as it could be in other places, and he's not likely to have much trouble with bolts rusted tight either. So yes, loose steering is normal, and yes, it does need something. Wiggle the steering and see where the play is, then decide how much you want to fix right now. Nothing wrong with loose steering for a lot of work, but there might be some easy things to fix to make it more usable.
 

Arryla

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Kingston,Ok.
I checked it out and the gear box is turning and the hydraulic cylinder in front of tractor is turning but drag link and wheels are not.So its something on front end.
 

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