Walker Mower Steering Problem?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Blmtlandscapes, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. Blmtlandscapes

    Blmtlandscapes LawnSite Member
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    I have the walker model MC and love the machine. But one thing that I've noticed for awhile is that when I'm riding on pavement the steering becomes very odd. It will pull to one side and then when I adjust it will pull to the side that I just turned to. The odd part is when Im mowing it seems that the steering is fine, it only occurs on paved areas. I was just wondering if anyone has had this happen to them? thanks
     
  2. AzLawnMan

    AzLawnMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    Does it give you an problems when going up hill or any type of incline/decline? What about when oyu go to load it on the trailer, does it give oyu any problems then? Does it do it to either side or just one side in particular?
     
  3. Blmtlandscapes

    Blmtlandscapes LawnSite Member
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    my worker said he notices it on an incline/decline as well... It is occuring on both sides. If it was pulling to one side It would make sense but this one I can't figure out, thanks
     
  4. AzLawnMan

    AzLawnMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    The hydros could be going out, I just replaced one and it cost me $800! But if its happening only on pavement then you got me on this one. Only thing I can think of is that it is happening on the turf but since the tires are not grabbing you may not notice it. I would check the drive belt and the hydro oil. What year is the Walker?
     
  5. Blmtlandscapes

    Blmtlandscapes LawnSite Member
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    the mower has about 500 hrs on it and I got it new in 2008. The drive belt looks ok, its still the original one. Also all oil levels are good too. I might have to have the guys at the dealer take a look at. Thanks for the replies, ill let you know if I get it figured out.
     
  6. AzLawnMan

    AzLawnMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    Are the gears greased? Sometimes when there not greased the gears will get stuck in the turning position. It should be the grease zerts on the handles underneath the seat. I am leaning towards something that may not be greased properly, my mechanic said if they go awhile without grease then they will start to rust nd wear from the inside. Just thought I'd give it another shot.
     
  7. Springmeadows

    Springmeadows LawnSite Senior Member
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    My older walker does the same thing. My dealer said to replace the springs on the hydro levers. I will post if this corrects it.
     
  8. Blmtlandscapes

    Blmtlandscapes LawnSite Member
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    Last night I made sure that I did an extra good job greasing the steering points and it definitely helped. Lack of grease was definitely the problem, thanks for the responses.
     
  9. dobe

    dobe LawnSite Member
    from VA
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    i have one that does this also.
     
  10. Fawcett

    Fawcett LawnSite Member
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    Mine does it too, 390hrs+ on it. Sometimes it feels like its the hydro-other times the front right wheel on the deck seems to pull the machine to the right. I will be greasing the snot out of the whole machine in hopes of improvement. Maybe I'll do a spring swap if that doesn't help. To get straight lines I'm constantlly pulling back on the left handle. Not a big deal. Even if it never goes away, and even if I have to double cut lawns to get it right; this is by far the best mower I've ever used.
     

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