john deere sst 16 won't steer

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by c2husker, May 12, 2007.

  1. c2husker

    c2husker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Tractor will steer in reverse but won't steer going forward? Any ideas???Thanks C2husker :dizzy: ooh almost forgot it is a spin steer
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    See if you can get a hold of a member named Envy.
  3. Midwest Lawn Services

    Midwest Lawn Services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    Fix what you have to and sell the d@mn thing. They are nothing but headaches. My father has been a JD consumer products mechanic for 25+ years, and he says they are one of the biggest jokes JD has ever produced!
  4. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,465

    I have never worked on one. But if you have a pretty level piece of ground and you want a zero turn mower with a steering wheel - look at a Swisher mower. They are not commercial but do last a long time.
  5. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,465

    Ok, the 3 wheel Swisher is no longer manufactured. Sorry
  6. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    This is the best advice you have been given, these things were a horrible nightmare! As sorry as my dealers are here they only sold a very few and qucikly quit selling them.
  7. c2husker

    c2husker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Was wondering if anyone has had the same problem!? Please help.....:)
  8. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,465

    I wish I could help you but I've never worked on one. What is the steering wheel connected to. Can you see anything off or wrong with it? Why don't you call a JD dealership and talk to the service manager and maybe he'll shed some light on your issue.
  9. fly-4-fun

    fly-4-fun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 0

    It could be one of the steering actuators that are under the seat deck. I've got one on these mowers, and have really enjoyed using it. I got a BobCat that I usually use, but the JD is great for small lawns. You have to take the metal plate that the seat is bolted to off to see the actuators. I put a link to the JD SpinSteer site that has a theory of operation explanation.

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