New to this site and it's my last resort for information on repairing one of my mowers. Never mind my other mowers which are now permenent fixtures in my garage it's the Scott's built by John Deere. I'll start off with something I keep reading over and over, that if the gas tank is behind the engine on a Scott's it was made my Murray. If the gas tank is in the rear of the mower it was made by John Deere. One of my questions is, if the battery is in front of the decal that says 'Manufactered by John Deere' is it an illegitimate off-spring of John Deere that no one talks about? I couldn't get the Scott's name to come up in most of the sites claiming to be subscribed to by people who pretty much know everything. I asked them 'why is the sky blue?' and they didn't know so they don't know everything. (Not bragging but I knew that even before there was an internet.)
Anyway, my dilema, my Scott's mower (ostensibly made by JD) has a steering sector and pinion gear that is so warn it is allowing the right tire to try to climb under the frame if it is turned too tight. I went to the local (32 miles) John Deere shop and asked if they had the sector and pinion which, wonder of wonders, he immediately said (without distain for it being a cheap knockoff of a JD) "Yes, I can order them."
While the John Deere representative didn't bat an eye on attaining the parts he did frown which, to me, didn't bode well. Not boding well is a common occurance toward any endevor to repair this illegitimate off-spring (of JD) since most internet sites quit even listing Scott's so they don't have to bode at all. The reason for the boding was evident when he told me the parts are WELDED so the pinion gear comes with the steering shaft and currently it's unknown what comes with the sector but I'll know soon enough. After all, I spent $480 just to find out. For the sake of accuracy I must note that I bought a belt (yearly occurance) and a set of blades (monthly occurance when my wife was 'helping' me mow). And I didn't ask if that pinion gear that was welded to the steering shaft also came with a permenently attached steering wheel. For Heaven's sake, who wears out a steering wheel?
I understand the reason for welding these parts together, cheapness, but, again, no site on the internet says word one about how this comes apart so to avoid harming my lawn by not mowing until the grass is so tall a small child could get lost in it, if I had a small child, I'm not dismantling the mower until I get first, the parts, and second, some smarts on what to expect. I don't want to get part way through only to find out I was missing the unicorn tears and a long lost voodoo chant last heard deep in the bowels of the Okefenokee Swamp in the land of stenotaphrum secundatum or St. Augustine grass to northern folk.
This post didn't need be as long as it is but I have nothing else to do as I await the delivery of my 'parts' and as I think about it there are a couple of other questions concerning this very same mower I need addressed but I'll delve into those in additional seperate and hopefully less verbose posts. I end this post literally begging, pleading, and close to bribing, anyone who has had the experience of changing out the steering parts of a Scott's (manufactured by JD) riding mower. Oh, if it's pertinent, there is a single drag link located on the right side and while the tie rod ends are not as tight as they once were I know that they are not the cause of the steering issue that causes the mower to veer to the right raising havoc with the wife's landscaping and the outboard blades so thank you in advance and be well.