Toro zmaster series 100 steering issue

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by mikeslawnlandscapeohio, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. mikeslawnlandscapeohio

    mikeslawnlandscapeohio LawnSite Member
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    I just bought a toro zmaster series 100. it has a 17hp kaw and 44'' deck.



    Iam having a steering issues. the sticks seem really sensitive. after making a turn, either from going around something or making another pass in lawn, it is hard to get mower to straighten back out. Not that the sticks are stiff, you just have to pull back a little more then my other zero turns and then sometimes it reacts late and you have to push back quickly. I hope I explained it right.

    Thanks
     
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Check all the joystick linkage including the pivot arms on the hydro pumps for wear/slop/play and repair as needed......
     
  3. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i agree, but also check the shock dampeners, they blow out all the time and cause your complaint.
     
  4. mikeslawnlandscapeohio

    mikeslawnlandscapeohio LawnSite Member
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    I will check those things tomorrow.

    Thanks guys for your help. I will post results..
     
  5. mikeslawnlandscapeohio

    mikeslawnlandscapeohio LawnSite Member
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    Should sticks return to neutral by themselves when pushed forwards? They do return when pulled back to reverse.

    My other zero turns(not toro's) do return to neutral on forward or reverse.
     
  6. mikeslawnlandscapeohio

    mikeslawnlandscapeohio LawnSite Member
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    Should they? this is really bothering me. lol
     
  7. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
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    its deffinatly the shock dampeners. I replaced mine and it made a world of a difference.
     
  8. mikeslawnlandscapeohio

    mikeslawnlandscapeohio LawnSite Member
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    Ok. One question. they do seem stiff?
     
  9. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    the dampeners retail for around 20-30 bucks, tell me your model number and i can get you a part number. 5 digit number starting with a 7 on the plaque on the side of the frame.
     
  10. mikeslawnlandscapeohio

    mikeslawnlandscapeohio LawnSite Member
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    Model: 74161

    Thanks
     

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