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I have a 2001 Rancher That is hard to Steer. When you turn it feels like it wants to pull back straight. I have replaced the steering shaft bearing and both front wheel bearings. Also replaced Tie rods and Have it alined up. I don't know what else to check. could it be the front differental?? seams to be ok. Please any help would be great I'm going crazy.
 

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I have a 2001 Rancher That is hard to Steer. When you turn it feels like it wants to pull back straight. I have replaced the steering shaft bearing and both front wheel bearings. Also replaced Tie rods and Have it alined up. I don't know what else to check. could it be the front differental?? seams to be ok. Please any help would be great I'm going crazy.
I just replaced the entire front suspension on my '01. Sounds like your problem is very similar to what I experienced with very tight steering. The main culprit, and the only thing you did not replace, was the upper ball joint. It was seized and would not move much at all.

I replaced both front knuckles which come with all of the bearings, seals, and it also includes the lower ball joint. So, I also replaced the upper while I was at it.

Try the upper and lower ball joints.
 

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Sounds like a good place to start.
 

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Hi, All
I have a 2001 Rancher That is hard to Steer. When you turn it feels like it wants to pull back straight. I have replaced the steering shaft bearing and both front wheel bearings. Also replaced Tie rods and Have it alined up. I don't know what else to check. could it be the front differental?? seams to be ok. Please any help would be great I'm going crazy.
I just replaced the entire front suspension on my '01. Sounds like your problem is very similar to what I experienced with very tight steering. The main culprit, and the only thing you did not replace, was the upper ball joint. It was seized and would not move much at all.

I replaced both front knuckles which come with all of the bearings, seals, and it also includes the lower ball joint. So, I also replaced the upper while I was at it.

Try the upper and lower ball joints.
Yep the only thing left is the ball-joints and knuckles.
 

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Oh and welcome to the forums!
 

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also..for what it's worth..there should be a stearing craddle at the top of the stearing stem..it has been known to get old..take it loose..and put some grease on it..this will also make it hard to stear if it's stuck.
 

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