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I just changed the steering cyl on my john deere 455, the only problem I had was reclocking the hydraulic lines so they didnt get pinched when turning. trick was to not tighten the fittings all the way untill you get everything set. My cyl was not rebuildable so it cost me $235.00 for a new one plus tax. (they said mine was not a tractor in oklahoma so no farm tax discount) I didn't have to pull the deck off mine, so it was pretty strait up remove and replace. Hope yours is the same.
I was looking at some posts for the bx2200 on line, seems like they have a history of steering problems before the 2002 models.
Something to do with poor machining of the cyl. ram if I read it right. looks like a pricey repair for Kubota to do it.
Here's one of the final posts
A happy ending for my tractor.
The parts came last Tuesday (FedEx), but I didn't have time to work on it until Friday evening/Saturday. I decided to follow the workshop manual instructions. Got the left hydraulic line off fine, couldn't get a wrench on the right side. So I removed the tie-rod nuts off, and (as predicted by pcmem), the right side came off fine, and the left wouldn't budge. Block of wood and a hammer---no luck. Finally gave it a rap or two with the hammer directly (after lots of wrestling and tugging), and it popped right out. Once I removed the brackets holding the cylinder to the frame, I could get the second hydraulic line off.
The tie rods were easily removed from the cylinder with large wrenches. Snap rings were removed too. I removed the hydraulic fittings from the old cylinder, and cleaned them (they had teflon tape on them) and put them on the new cylinder. Replaced snap rings, put tie rods back on, and hooked up lines quickly. Ran engine to check for leaks (none!
). Put everything back in place.
Steering is great again. It was probably about 2 - 2 1/2 hour job for me. I've had very limited experience working on tractors and cars, so this was a relatively good experience!
Thanks for the advice and tips, everyone!!!