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So long story short here...my dad has had john deere forever. He was mowing yesterday and went to turn to do his next lap and the steering wheel kept turning in his hands but the wheels did not turn with it. Alternatively letting him mow part of the neighbors yard before he stopped! He is the type to get frustrated and forget about something. So he said screw it and went and bought a Husqvarna last night. ANYWAYS...He offered it to me for free. So my question is if this is an easy fix or should I not try to mess with it? Its a 2004 LA100 Rider. Everything works great from the motor to the blades. Just now when you turn the steering wheel, it just keeps turning and will not turn the tires. Any help is needed here please. This will be my only way to convince my wife!
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Get some pics of the steering linkages and the lower steering unit. Most likely a bad bushing/gear.

Google "La100 steering" you will see the parts needed to restore steering. Prices ranged from 29.00 for a couple to $1XX.00+ for arms plus (EBay) bushing/gear and plate. Its up to you to found out how much damage needs to be fixed. Get some PRB Blaster because things will be rusted and corroded togetger.

Check with Amazon, JD parts, Greenparts and local dealer.
 

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Okay, thanks. Ill see what I can do. Its a couple of hours away. I may have to bring it up to my house and take it apart? If I lift the front engine cover, will I be able to see the lower sterring column?
 

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Okay, thanks. Ill see what I can do. Its a couple of hours away. I may have to bring it up to my house and take it apart? If I lift the front engine cover, will I be able to see the lower sterring column?
Nope, the problem most likely lies beneath. Jack up the front or get the front tires on ramps and get a look underneath. You will see a half-moon shaped sprocket type thing, and a small sprocket. My bet is that you will see either one or both of those parts very worn.
 

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Likely the steering gear, which is attached to the steering wheel shaft and the sector gear are stripped. This happens for several reasons. The bushings that hold the steering shaft straight wear out and cause the gears not to mesh correctly. The steering spindles on the axle were lacking lubrication which causes excessive force to be applied to steering wheel. Next is.. Just old age and wear. The parts aint that much and reasonably easy to replace. I would replace it all.. Top to bottom.

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Likely the steering gear, which is attached to the steering wheel shaft and the sector gear are stripped. This happens for several reasons. The bushings that hold the steering shaft straight wear out and cause the gears not to mesh correctly. The steering spindles on the axle were lacking lubrication which causes excessive force to be applied to steering wheel. Next is.. Just old age and wear. The parts aint that much and reasonably easy to replace. I would replace it all.. Top to bottom.

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And there is a kit available somewhere online...verify that it will fit your tractor.
John Deere Steering Repair Kit - GX21924BLE-KIT
 

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Yep, you all were exactly right. My dad texting me this morning. He got under the tractor and all the teeth were gone from the gears. Bought the kit about 20 minutes ago. Also found a super detailed video on youtube on how to replace. Doesnt look bad at all. Looks like I got my first riding lawnmower for $45. Thanks everyone!
 
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