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This is my newest machine, I have made a couple topics about it. It had a stuck friction disk what not and no paint. I put an impeller kit in. Sanded it down yesterday, priming today but my L3 gear lube finally came in and I noticed on this machine compared to my others that their was no drain plug like my 68 and 73. Still haven't got an age for this one but I'm guessing late 80s early 90s. Just has a drain fill plug, which you are supposed to go even with the plug. I took the plug out and inside was just solid muck grease which I removed and put in my L3. Took a few squirts fine but eventually some started leaking out the back. Do I have a cracked gear case or is it a built in overflow? It only leaked out a little bit and stopped eventually. If its a small crack you think JB Weld should work? These gear gase assemblies are really expensive, I got the machine for $50. 50 bucks is basically the most I'd pay for one of these I already have 4 of them but this is the newest and the one I'm doing a full paint job on and throwing my Logo on it. The big Snow Hog tires, performs well I really want this as my main machine but if the case is cracked I might have to look into another option.

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Grabbing 00 Grease today.

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It's not a built in overflow. It's either a crack or a bad seal.

If cracked you can try JB and the 00 grease is much less likely to leak out.

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Yeah I got a private message saying the L3 is not for the aluminum cases and is likely to leak out. The stuff I pulled out of their was really really gunky and I was told the 00 is just like that so I think I put in the wrong stuff. Luckily I didn't put in much before I noticed it dripping out the back, not like I threw the whole bottle in. So this L3 must be for my older machines only. my bad should have done more research on my new machine. Yeah I hope the 00 shows a difference. If not I can try JB weld even though I dont want to pull the whole gear case out... unless I rigged some Mirrors and used my fingers. I think I just put in the wrong grease though.

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yeah - 00 is what you want. Even then the old stuff does get solid and become worthless, so it's a good thing are paying attention to it. Most people don't!



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Might be best to open it up and clean out the old stuff first.

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