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I have a few dumb questions about my Ariens

I just picked up a 1973-4 5hp Ariens I want to get a couple dumb questions out of the way.

The manual says not to add oil to the fuel and the engine has a separate oil tank so am I correct in assuming it's a four stroke engine?

Am i safe to assume I don't need a special motor oil and that I can just use off-the-shelf synthetic oil from the local auto parts store when I change it?

Where should I be able to get the moly lithium grease for the gears and the MP-90 gear lubricant not the gear case?

Do I need fuel stabilizer if I can get ethanol free fuel?

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I just picked up a 1973-4 5hp Ariens I want to get a couple dumb questions out of the way.

The manual says not to add oil to the fuel and the engine has a separate oil tank so am I correct in assuming it's a four stroke engine?

Am i safe to assume I don't need a special motor oil and that I can just use off-the-shelf synthetic oil from the local auto parts store when I change it?

Where should I be able to get the moly lithium grease for the gears and the MP-90 gear lubricant not the gear case?

Do I need fuel stabilizer if I can get ethanol free fuel?

Thanks!
It is a 4 stroke engine.

You can use regular automotive engine oil (probably 5W30), it does NOT need to be synthetic, but you can use it.

During regular season you do not really need to add stabil (you can use it and it wouldn't harm anything), as long as you use the fuel within a month or so (JMHO).
If storing it, you definitely need to use stabil (or what's better IMHO empty the fuel tank, and run the carb dry).
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The only dumb question is the one not asked. If you are using ethanol free fuel there is no need to add a fuel stabalizer. As another member stated it is likely best to run the engine dry prior to storage. If you were to leave the gasoline in the engine during the off season I woul add a stabalizer like Sta-Bil. If the gas had ethanol I would use with Marine Sta-Bil or Startron. I would check a local auto parts dealer for the gear oil or grease, Amazon or Jackssmallengines.com.

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What might help is if you stated which Ariens you have as in Model and serial number.
If you have engine questions, posting the engines numbers as it's quite possible on something that's forty plus years old it might not have the original engine.

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Thanks for the feedback, guys. That's helpful.

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What might help is if you stated which Ariens you have as in Model and serial number.
If you have engine questions, posting the engines numbers as it's quite possible on something that's forty plus years old it might not have the original engine.
Good point. It's a 922008 and the engine is original.


On a side note, I was reading up on fuel stabilizer and how they work and was surprised to find an article on the Sta-Bil blog that actually recommended filling the fuel tank all the way up rather than draining it. I might still be inclined to just drain it for the offseason though.

Considering Ethanol-Free Gas? Try An Ethanol Treatment Instead | Gold Eagle

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They might be referring to a fuel tank made of metal so as to help prevent rusting on the inside. If it's plastic, nothing to worry about then. It's best to fill a metal tank as full as possible during the off season, then drain and refill with fresh gasoline when taking it out of storage.

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Thanks for the feedback, guys. That's helpful.



Good point. It's a 922008 and the engine is original.


On a side note, I was reading up on fuel stabilizer and how they work and was surprised to find an article on the Sta-Bil blog that actually recommended filling the fuel tank all the way up rather than draining it. I might still be inclined to just drain it for the offseason though.

Considering Ethanol-Free Gas? Try An Ethanol Treatment Instead | Gold Eagle
Filling it till it wants to spill out is what I do...probably not a good example but, just as the presents of air will make food spoil....air in the presence of gas with ethanol will allow condensation and the breakdown of it's chemical structure. ATV, sled, autos, equipment....I have never used StaBil

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