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MTD Mower Steering Repair

By Mark O'Brien
Fix the steering on your MTD riding mower.
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If you have to hold your steering wheel on your MTD riding mower slightly off -entered while mowing and then when you let go of the wheel when you veer one way or the other, then your steering alignment is out of kilter. The standard cause of an unaligned riding mower steering wheel is running into a fence or tree. You can easily repair your MTD riding mower on your own lawn with a few tools.

Sit in the seat of your MTD riding lawn mower.

Turn the steering wheel so the front wheels are pointing perfectly straight.

Pry the center plastic cap off of the center of the steering wheel with the screwdriver.

Fit the proper socket on the steering wheel nut and unscrew it counter-clockwise.

Pull up on the steering wheel to pull it off the steering shaft gear. Align the steering wheel in your hands so the middle bar is perfectly horizontal. Push the steering wheel back onto the steering shaft gear.

Tighten the nut back on. Push the cap back onto the center of the wheel.


Things You Will Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Socket wrench
  • Socket set

About the Author


Mark O'Brien started his professional writing career in 2000 at the "Newman Grove Reporter" newspaper. He was an English tutor while in school and earned an Associate of Arts in English from Northeast Community College. O'Brien indulges his mechanical side by fixing mowers part-time.