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Auger Shaft Lubrication - what kind of oil?

My 24" snow thrower manual says to remove the shear pins on the auger shaft and spray lubricant inside the shaft & around the spacers and flange bearings at the ends of the shafts.

What sort of spray lube should I use? I know WD-40 would be a wrong choice. Some sort of spray 30 weight oil ???

Posts for other brands talk about greasing the shaft, so I wonder why this is not part of the Craftsman maintenance. OTOH I don't see how to remove the augers from the shaft completely; if I remove the bolts on the chute, maybe you can wiggle the shaft out of the gearbox assembly -- but I would not want to break a seal and lose the oil in the gearbox. There is no instruction for that in the user manual.

And what oil goes into the gearbox? when hosing off the salt just now, I noticed some oil on the bottom of the gearbox, so I wonder if its leaking a little. Or maybe my spray had driven some oil from the shaft and it just dripped down the gearbox. There is a plug on top of the gearbox so I might as well make sure its topped off.
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I can only address your auger shaft question. If you could easily disassemble the shaft, then grease is fine. If this is not practical, I like to use a product called Fluid Film. Remove the shear bolts, rotate the shaft, & wiggle the assembly as you spray. Also spray the shaft at the ends.


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You can use spray lithium lube. It's a sticky grease in a spray can. It's also good for automotive door latches and hinges.

If possible using grease is preferred as it holds up better and longer. If you ever have reason to remove the augers installing grease zerks is the way to go. They come from the factory on many of the better models. A tub of Mobil 1 comes in handy.

Any brand, any auto parts store or even hardware or walmart.

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You can use spray lithium lube. It's a sticky grease in a spray can. It's also good for automotive door latches and hinges.

If possible using grease is preferred as it holds up better and longer. If you ever have reason to remove the augers installing grease zerks is the way to go. They come from the factory on many of the better models. A tub of Mobil 1 comes in handy.

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