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    3520 Right Steering Cylinder Ball Joint

    My 3520 has a bit over 500 hours, I purchased it used a year ago. The Right Steering Cylinder Ball Joint has no grease fitting and the rubber cup around the joint is torn apart. Do I need to replace the whole cylinder assembly or can the ball joint be replaced separately? It isn’t an emergency but I don’t like the inability to properly grease it and I’m sure dirt and sand is going to get in there. Thanks for any thoughts or experience with this!
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    Well I’m posting a reply in case someone else has this problem. Apparently this ball joint was made in 2 versions, with and without grease fitting. I was able to get the replacement for the torn black rubber which is now a clear silicone substitute. Package of 2 for ~$25. I’m guessing the new material is for a reason. I will post pics when I get around to doing the job.
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    Thanks for the info, I may need this one day

    Do you have the part number for the pack of two?
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    I may need it sooner rather than later!

    Wouldn't mind seeing a video of the replacement process as well!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Thanks for the info, I may need this one day [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/images/smilies/1/good2.gif[/IMG]

    Do you have the part number for the pack of two?
    My tractor is at my cabin and I left there today. The package with the replacements is with the tractor. I will definitely post the part # when I get back there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    I may need it sooner rather than later!

    Wouldn't mind seeing a video of the replacement process as well!!

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    I will definitely post pics as I do it...not sure I can do a video since Ill be figuring it out as I go. I took some pics of the ball joint before I left my cabin and Ill post the best one tomorrow.
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    This pic shows the ball joint with the missing rubber. The hole in the center top is not a broken grease fitting, its a cap. Since the package comes with 2 replacement seals, Im guessing the left side joint probably needs a good inspection too. There is a groove at the bottom rim of the top member of the joint. The new seals come with large retainer rings that seat in the groove. There are also 2 smaller rings for the bottom of the seal. When I get into this Ill do my best to document it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Thanks for the info, I may need this one day

    Do you have the part number for the pack of two?
    Kenny-

    Here is the package with the part#. It was indeed the correct part for my 3520 steering cylinder ball joint.
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    -Chuck

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    I may need it sooner rather than later!

    Wouldn't mind seeing a video of the replacement process as well!!

    Sent by Tapatalk using the tiny keyboard on my phone. That explains the typos!
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    I replaced the grease seal for the ball joint on my 3520 today. Im happy to report that its not very difficult to do. Ill post a series of pics that step through what I did. Heres the end result.
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    Sorry its rotated 90 but the upload does it.
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    Heres the torn grease seal before the repair
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    First step is to remove the cotter pin and the 1-1/16 castle nut. I had no procedure or torque spec for the castle nut so I noted how many threads were showing and marked the castle nut slot that aligned with the cotter pin hole. The castle nut is right hand thread.
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