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3X Power Steering

I just received my new Cub Cadet 24" 3X and have been able to use it once so far. Everything seems to work pretty well so far with the exception of the power steering feature.

First of all the steering trigger on the right side is much closer to the handle than the steering trigger on the left side. When turning right I can squeeze the trigger completely and the snow blower makes a gradual right turn without a problem.

But when I try to turn left by squeezing the trigger the wheel locks and the snow blower jerks awkwardly trying to make the turn. Has anyone else experienced this behavior, and is there a way to adjust the steering?

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PS. At first I thought I would never get used to the "joystick" chute control, but I found that by holding my hand over the top of the joystick (as opposed to holding it by the stick like you would usually handle a joystick) that is was MUCH easier to control. I also noticed that sometimes the chute would creep back a little from the far left position, but I'm not sure how to correct that particular problem.
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Does your owners manual say anything about adjustments? Mine doesn't jerk like you said yours did.

I've found the chute does creep a bit forward if it doesn't engage the lock. So I'll just depress the trigger, move it to the left all the way and it usually stays locked there.

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There is nothing in the owners manual about adjusting the steering. I suspect that it's probably something the dealer would have to do which I'm not willing to do at this point in time (I live in a suburb of Boston and we've been slammed this year!)

I'll try your suggestion about re-engaging the lock to keep the chute in place.

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no jerkiness on mine either....sounds like an adjustment needs to be made. I have the hd model so can not say about the joystick control.....I personally did not like that, so I went with the hd. Good luck. Did you get at a dealer or a Home Depot?

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There were absolutely no snow blowers left at dealers or big box stores in my area a few weeks ago. I ordered it from Home Depot online. This particular model was only sold online and not carried in Home Depot stores.

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I was just looking at mine, and I almost think you'd have to tip the blower up onto the auger housing and remove the lower panel to get to any adjustments.
Are the trigger cables installed correctly? One of mine wasn't put in right at the trigger end, when it was assembled at Home Depot.

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Caddydaddy you are the man for pointing me in the right direction!

I removed the lower panel and it turns out that there are no adjustments for the steering cables (the cables actually go into a side compartment on each side of the auger housing). However, because I tipped the snow blower up and onto the auger housing I was able to see something. It turns out that it was my fault that the steering did not work correctly.

I bought the snow cab for the blower and inadvertently pinched one of the steering cables when I mounted the hardware to the frame. I can't believe I did that, but I was grateful that I did not damage the cable.

So there you have it...all's well that ends well.

Once again, thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
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No problem! Glad you figured it out without having to take it to a dealer!

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glad it worked out. they are very nice machines.

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they are very nice machines.
I'm very happy with mine! The steering system works awesome and is easy to use.

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