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Proper oil for bearings without zerk fittings

I recently purchased a 1978 ST504 and its an early model year and it has no zirk fittings on any of the shafts or bearings. The manual says to lubricate bearings with "light" oil. What is "light" oil? Penetrating? Motor oil? Gear oil?

Second question. Manual calls for NLGI 00 liquid grease in the auger transmission. I want to check if the previous owner was lying to me or not on using the proper grease when he changed it. never having dealt with liquid grease, if I look at it, what kind of consistency should I find at 60F?

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for the liquid grease.. you should find its something in between gear oil (say 80w-90...) and lithium grease (kinda like over-creamy mashed potatoes color and consistency)

light oil, i wouldnt say penetrating oil as it tends to dry out parts... anything lighter than motor oil should be fine... general purpose oil... as its sometimes called as well

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00 grease at TSC
If I can use the liquid grease on the bearings then even better. I'll pick up a bottle on amazon since the closest tractor supply is 40 miles from me.
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just got this from jacks with an order I placed for my 504 2 weeks ago and put it in the auger case. it was 65 deg. outside and 70 in the house when I brought the tube outside to put it in. had the consistency of warm molasses or honey or chilled sour cream and was blue in color
Ariens 00007200 8 OZ Tube of Lithium Grease - Jacks Small Engines

32" 910954 tractor-910995 blower
24" 910954 tractor-910995 blower (full restore)
22" st504
22" mtd
22" simplicity 555

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wish I knew that one before I spent the money

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Does anything else besides what I found in the official manual need to be lubricated? The manual talks about the tractor drive, gear case and augers, but machine was probably not designed for this kind of life span so I question whats being omitted because they figured the machine would be in the trash before the part went bad. Like on the input shaft behind the impeller?

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