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Ariens drive spindle and housing lubrication

Hi all, new to forum and thanks in advance. Have an older Arien 824 and had a seized drive spindle located in the housing. This of course moves the friction plate in and out to contact the friction wheel. After disassembling the unit, freeing it up and cleaning with sandpaper I now need to know what type of lubricant should I use. I think even low temp grease here would not be a good idea but not sure and asking. My options I have are light oil, anti-seize, low temp grease or nothing. Surprised I never had this problem before now as it appears to be a weak link it the drive mechanism and problematic. Thanks in advance.
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Troy-Bilt recommends engine oil or 3-in-1 oil on the hex shaft. 3-in-1 seems all fully thin to do the job. I'd sooner stick with a synthetic engine oil or even try a sticky chain saw bar oil. It's applied thin on the shaft so you not have to worry about viscosity being too thick.

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My MTD manual from early 2000's recommends a 10W-40 motor oil on the hex shaft. I use it Mostly because I have a quart and no other use for it. I would think most any common motor oil that you have on hand would be fine. 5w/10w - 20/30/40. I would use the light oil you have and re-oil it every season.

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I know you said you have only a few options there, but I would recommend using marine grease, super water repellant and stays where you put it. I used it on the sliding shafts in the tractor body and auger shafts and two years later it looks like I just put it on there.
If all you have is what you listed I guess the low temp grease would get my vote.

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That's actually quite odd that it seized up. I have worked on a number of old Ariens machines that were not maintained, however they all had a lubricated hex/spindle shaft regardless.
I've used regular grease that I've had around or white lithium. Both have worked great.

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I don't think he is talking about the hex shaft. I think he is talking about where the drive pulley slides back and forth when you push the handle down. I have had a couple that didn't want to return when you let go of the handle and and I had to pull the handle back up manually. I just sprayed some blaster on them and worked them back and forth and then put some motor oil on them from an oil can.

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Thank you everyone who have replied. And Shryp (moderator) you are correct as I need lubrication info on the spindle drive which seized in the housing. Retired shop owner and mechanic and have seen these polished surfaces before. Sometimes nothing is required as anything applied would further complicate problems. Ok, so you know what I am speaking about and believe just some light oil and absolutely no grease lubricant? Was thinking a light coat of anti-seize but have never done this job before. Stated it in my first post and find it hard to believe there are not more problems with this mechanism. Just did not want to do this whole job and have to do it over again cause I used something that would interfere with its travel. Before I tackled this job I had PB on it for days. Then hammered and pryed. Even when disassembled could I free it without putting it in a press. And the funny thing is it worked perfectly last year. Thank you and again thanks for all that chimed in to help this old timer.

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