Yes. Basically the complete steering assembly has to come apart to service it. It is a big job, and that's exactly why most of these tractors have never had the steering bushings replaced. Usually the most difficult part is removing the steering wheel. The parts manual is really a better visual guide to use in my opinion.So, I have a 1700 Eliminator and 1042. Fur sure, the 1700 needs the steering flange bushing replaced (steering shaft is loose at the tractor frame, and the steering gears are slipping). To replace it, does the steering shaft need to be removed from the bottom of the tractor?? I could not find any details in the service manual.