When I was almost finished mowing, I started getting a lot of play in
the steering wheel of my Snapper mower. It's the Hi-Vac, at least 5 -
10 years old, rear engine model.
I'm guessing there is a bushing that has gone bad where the steering
wheel attaches to the rod going down to the front wheels. However, I
can't figure out how to remove the steering wheel. It looks like there
is a small, metal rod going through the base of the steering wheel that
attaches it to the rod that goes to the front wheels.
I banged on the rod with a metal punch and it didn't seem to move. Any
clues on how to take the steering wheel off?
Not sure of removal, but look at the ends of the pin. Is one end larger in
diameter than the other? If so, it is a tapered dowel pin, and is driven out
from the small side. If the pin is hollow and has a split in one side, it is
a roll pin, and is driven out from either side. Spiralled pin, same method.
If it is solid and the same size on each end, it is a straight pin, and
driven out from either side, unless end(s) have been peened over. Filing off
peen required then. You will need someone to hold a sledgehammer head
tightly against the steering wheel hub or shaft right under the hub to
support it while you use a pin punch of the proper size to drive the pin.
(not a centerpunch) Otherwise, recoil and vibration will absorb your work
energy. Use penetrant on pin beforehand. I train our industrial
mechanics/machinists, and lack of support and/or control of the item being
addressed is the major cause of failure to accomplish the task, barring
inexperience and lack of proper research and investigation beforehand.
You're already on the right track by asking in this group since you're
having trouble with it. Maybe someone familiar with Snappers will know
precisely how it is removed.
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