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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-17-2020, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Tie rod popping off

Iíve got a 1998 craftsman LTX1000 lawn tractor. The front right tie rod popped off the ball.

Is the solution to put it on and hit it on the end with a hammer to resecure it? Or should I replace the whole rod?


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I’m going to guess it popped off because of wear. Replacing both might not be a bad idea.
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Thanks. Looks like one straight rod. Ordered one online.

Now it looks like the front wheels are bowed out. Normal?




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Actually, on closer inspection, seems they should be slightly outward.


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Iíve got a 1998 craftsman LTX1000 lawn tractor. The front right tie rod popped off the ball.

Is the solution to put it on and hit it on the end with a hammer to resecure it? Or should I replace the whole rod?


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just buy the new elbows for it but if you want to fix it cheap just use the shade tree repair if you dont want to buy the new elbow for it

drill the hole straight through the empty socket then put a nut and bolt through it with nylon lock nut

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Thanks. Looks like one straight rod. Ordered one online.

Now it looks like the front wheels are bowed out. Normal?




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if its just onee rod from the steering gear then there is a connecting rod across it behind the front axle and you can bend that rod a little if you need to pull the wheels in to be straight. be first be sure its not just worn wheel bearings letting them sit that way

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So I replaced the tie rod and it worked fine for 3 mows. Then yesterday, the new one popped off at the ball joint mid mow.

Seems odd. Any idea on steps to troubleshoot problem?


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So I replaced the tie rod and it worked fine for 3 mows. Then yesterday, the new one popped off at the ball joint mid mow.

Seems odd. Any idea on steps to troubleshoot problem?


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then that means the tie rod is the result of another problem bending it beyond its limits

look into everything around it and see why its binding and breaking

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had that happen to an old wheel horse I had years ago....tie rod popped off at the other end of 3 acre yard...had a few zip ties with me and zip tied the tie rod back together,,, wrapped the zip tie around so it would hold it in place, I did finish mowing with it then made it back to the garage and replaced
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When I put the tie rod on, itís tight on top of the PTO clutch flange. The tie rod I bought is straight, it seems like it should have probably had a bend in it to clear the clutch.

Craftsman LTX1000. Straight tie rod or bent?


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