First saw this when it happened to a friend with a 2019. My buddy took it in for warranty work on a leaky auger seal, and his Ariens dealer fixed it for him gratice while it was there. These zerks are much shorter than your normal old automotive zerk, as the metal tube the auger is made of is not that thick. The dealer told him it was threaded. You need to change the setting on your grease gun if you don’t want it to happen to you. Watch this video starting at 22:32 for some info that will will be helpful.All my years never seen them pushed in. Always threaded but you learn something new every day.
Apparently the Ariens dealer was wrong (not the first time). Learn something new every day on here. Oneacer your cut and paste cut off your source for these “press in “ fittings. Can you share your source?There certainly are pressed in zerk grease fitting types... I personally don't like them, but they are usually used in thin metal and where there is usually no back pressure, I have had them pull out with the normal type of grease gun tip. Since I switched over to the Lock N' Lube tip, everything now is a butter smooth connect and release.
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Until he does, looks like amaz com (US) to me.Oneacer your cut and paste cut off your source for these “press in “ fittings. Can you share your source?
Thanks!Here are just a few examples of the push-in style zerk fittings .... If it was me, I would not worry about to much about one coming off an auger, as it can be lubed through the shear hole, as well as both the ends of the auger, and now that zerk hole, and spun ... doing this a couple times a year will always keep the auger spinning freely.
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..... never heard that one before ......
That’s a great idea to weld a nut over that hole. I haven’t had the problem, on any of my machines, but if I do, that’s a great long term fix. I’m cautious about how tight I have the tip of my grease gun set, (as pointed out in an earlier comment) and that’s worked great for me so far. I personally would not leave that hole open to salt water infiltration if I knew that zerk was gone. I’d at least put a dab of grease over it until I could replace that zerk, but that’s just me.I had the exact same problem (grease fittings pulling out) many years ago on my 5HP 20" Ariens out of the early 80's.
See the attached photo. You can still see the orange paint on the original fittings.
As a result, I have a lifetime supply of drive-in grease fittings.
If you message me, I can get you some!
Another option would be to weld a nut on the outside and put in a threaded fitting.
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