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John Deere Auger Gear Lube

Very warm day today so I decided to do a little maintenance to the JD 724d (I believe it is actually made by Ariens and it is their ST724). The machine is either a 2001 or 2002, so one of the things I decided to do was change the auger gear lube. The lube came out looking terrible, it had a very light brownish milky appearance. Does anyone know if the original lube is supposed to look like that or did some condensation get inside the auger housing and cause this? The new gear lube that I topped it off with looked totally different.

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The gear oil in my newer Ariens looks like red motor oil only thicker. Itís not a grease.
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Emulsified water in oil gives it a "chocolate milk" appearance.
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You got a bit of water in it but not a big deal.
I am just pondering doing the Yamaha after 22 years.

I have seen cars with 100K on the rear end (back when they had rear drive) and it looks awful but even that heavy strain application it was still doing fine.

I would put synthetic in there just because it helps the turning if its cold. Mobile is good but any mfg gear lube is fine

1998 YT624 Have Owners and Service Manual, Rubber Disc Drive (not hydrostatic)
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Emulsified water in oil gives it a "chocolate milk" appearance.
Yes, that's exactly what it looked like.
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