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Ed Goodman    Posted 06-30-2019 at 19:54:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I own an 8N which I have had for about 25 years. Just recently my steering wheel started to squeek when turning. Then a couple of days ago it all but locked up. It sounds like a lubrication problem, but I have no idea where what or when. I down-loaded "50 tips for Ford N owners" by Bruce Haynes but his maintanence suggestions for the steering wheel made no sense to my non-mechanical brain. Any suggestions on what is wrong and how to fix it?
    Ed

    Farmer Dan    Posted 07-01-2019 at 06:33:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • There is a bearing in the top of the steering column. Pull the steering wheel and pour some 90wt gear lube inside the tube to lube that bearing.

    Scroll down the page and you will find a discussion on how to remove the steering wheel if its being stuborn.

    Ed Goodman    Posted 07-01-2019 at 14:18:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Farmer Dan: Thanks for responding to me. I was able to remove the acorn nut in the center of the steering wheel fairly easily. That exposed a tube, but, you said I needed to remove the steering wheel. So, I'm assuming that the gear lube needs to be poured into the larger tube that the steering wheel sits on? You also said to scroll down the page for instructions on how to remove the steering wheel. I couldn't find any further instructions on the wheel removal. I tried to remove the wheel by just pulling up on it, no success. I tried a rubber mallet with no success also. There is probably a special wheel puller. Right?
    Ed

    Larry Frechette    Posted 07-04-2019 at 07:11:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Ed,
    As far as I can tell, having removed my steering wheel, the tube you are seeing after having removed your acorn nut. is the only tube. It is hollow, and the splines for the wheel to interlock with are on the outside of that tube. If pouring gear oil down that tube will lube the bearing, you should not have to remove the wheel. If you end up having to, I borrowed a large puller from Advance Auto. Someone(I forget who) suggested leaving off the "hooks" that hang from the centerpiece of the puller and straddling each of the spokes of the steering wheel with the straps that hang from the puller. Slip a bolt under the spoke through the holes that would ordinarily have the puller "hooks" attached there. That was a great suggestion. But the puller was not enough to get mine off. I ended up using an oxy-acetylene torch. Keep the flame moving. It would be easier if you had another pair of hands to crank on the puller while you applied the heat. Once you get the wheel moving, keep it moving!
    Good Luck,
    Larry Frechette

    Farmer Dan    Posted 07-01-2019 at 17:45:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • If you can see down the tube then your in the right place. Pour some down there and see if the noise stops and it steers better.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 07-02-2019 at 07:25:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Larry (post below) actually has a hollow shaft! Sent me a picture.

    Ed, you must remove the wheel. Several ideas in the string Farmer Dan referred too.

    Larry ended up renting a large puller from a auto parts store and also used Kroll and heat.

    Good Luck,

    Jack

    deanostoybox    Posted 07-01-2019 at 15:42:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • This is the thread Farmer Dan is referring to:
    http://www.ntractorclub.com/forums/nboard/messages/250548.html

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