Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/SNOWBLOWER LUBE

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QUESTION: CRAFTSMAN 5.5HP TECUMSETH ENGINE .2006YR. WELL MAINTAINED. THE ONLY THING NOT DONE IS LUBRICATE AUGER GEAR CASE THAT WAS SEALED AT FACTORY MANUAL STATES IF DISASSEMBLED FOR ANY REASON USE 737-0168 GREESE. NEVER NEEDED TO BUT CONCERNED AFTER 10 YEARS IT MAY REQUIRE .IT HAS A SMALL VENT PLUG ON TOP OF CASING CAN I SQEEZE GREESE IN WITHOUT DISASSBLING PLEASE ADVISE

ANSWER: You have to dis-assemble to grease.  The grease inside the gear case is similar to general purpose grease, not the SAE 85-90 gear oil that was used in the 60s-80s.  The grease is so thick that it is very difficult for it to leak out.

Eric

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QUESTION: DO YOU RECOMMEND DOING IT?  DISASSEMBLING? IF SO   WHAT IS EASYIST WAY TO DO? DISASSEMBLING FROM SHAFT WORM WITH
IMPELLER OR CAN IT BE DONE REMOVING AXLE AUGER/  AND DISASSEMBLING STILL CONNECTED TO SHAFT WORM. WHY WAS NO GREESE FITTING APPLIED TO CASING? IS GREESE SUPPOSED TO LAST ? THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP

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It never hurts to change the grease...but...it takes a lot of labor/time.

You have to remove the bucket, the impeller, augers and then you can split the gear box cases.

Also, they have to be pretty clean when you re-assemble as you have to use RTV sealer to seal the cased back together.

As for why there is not grease zerk, there may be several reasons but I don't not for sure:
1) Disposable society...repair/maintenance costs continue to increase...cheaper to buy a new one
2) Cheaper to make...costs money to stock parts...just make, sell, make a new one sell a new one
3) People no longer know how to maintain equipment so design products to be maintenance free...they just won't last as long.

Eric

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Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.

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Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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