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I just got around to working on my 1963 Ariens. Link : Got the engine fired up but the carburetor leaks bad probably just needs a rebuild. My question is what is Ariens gear oil? The gear case is empty and the manual says refill with Ariens gear oil. This question might have been asked before but I couldn't find anything. Thanks for any help.

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I think the old ones like that specified regular 90w gear oil. You should be fine going to any auto parts store and getting some regular cheap 80w90 or 75w140 or whatever they have in stock. The gears in there will be steel and the roller bearings on the impeller shaft should be steel as well, but you probably have 2 bronze bushings on the auger shaft. I know some GL-5 oils might have additives bad for bronze/brass metals. GL-4 is suppose to be safe for yellow metal. You might have to do some research on that.

If your seals are bad it will probably leak right back out. You could switch it to a '00' type grease which will be a little thicker than gear oil, but not as thick as wheel bearing grease. That should stay in there and not leak out on you. A lot of gearboxes and mower transmissions use that. It is a little harder to find.

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My 79 calls for that also, when I googled it I found I found this at Amazon .com

Arien L3 Synthetic Gear Lube Snow Blower Snow Thrower L1,L2, 0006880
Designed to work in all Ariens Snowblowers. ( aluminum & cast iron gear cases)

Apparently the synthetic has been designed to replace the older L1,L2 types.
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You can try Napa or Tractor supply for the 00 grease. GL-4 comes from Amsoil or Redline in quarts.

Super S Cotton Picker Spindle Grease 00 - Tractor Supply Co.


Ariens L3 lube -

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