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Brettw

Sloppy steering

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Brettw

Well, the newest addition to the fleet, needs some overall work.  One of the issues was sloppy steering.  Looking over all of the usual suspects, other than the through bolt on the steering wheel, most everything else seemed pretty snug.  Heim joints, bushings, keyways and set screws on the steering arm, etc.  But I did notice a lot of movement in the complete axle assembly.  I figured, well might need some bushings or something tightened up.  I have a few spare setups, so I wasn't worried about parts.  Well after pulling just the front pivot bolt, the problem revealed itself.  Assembly fell right off, pinion was completely broken off. That will cause sloppy steering, believe me when I say that.

All better now and very snug and accurate, with a "new" front axle assembly.  

 

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PhanDad

Never saw the rear mount broken completely off a Sovereign front axle .  

Was the rear mounting pivot "bearing" there and intact?  I've see that item broken up pretty bad and was basically useless.  

I guess as the remaining Sovereigns age, we'll find more issues.  I believe the last ones were made about 20 years ago.   

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CarlH
7 hours ago, PhanDad said:

Never saw the rear mount broken completely off a Sovereign front axle .     

I have. First 716H I acquired.  sm02

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Brettw
9 hours ago, PhanDad said:

Was the rear mounting pivot "bearing" there and intact?

Yes, it was all there and good.

9 hours ago, PhanDad said:

I believe the last ones were made about 20 years ago.

2000 if memory serves me.

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