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Hello,

Today I'm starting to rebuild my Ariens 824 snowblower (model 932101, serial number 015946). My main frame (the big orange box that holds all the gears and friction plates, etc.) got really banged up, my fault, so I decided to rebuild it. So I bought a new mainframe and I'm going to repair and replace all my worn parts.

My main concern is what lubricant should I use on the sliding parts in the mainframe. Things like the bronze bushing (it's either bronze or brass but I think it's bronze) that rides on the hex shaft that holds the friction plate. Should I use just a light coating of motor oil, a light coating of lithium grease, a light coating of a heavier oil like gear lube (90 weight) or something else or nothing at all?

I've looked through the repair manual and I can't find any lubrication recommendations other than what goes in the worm gear differential.

Can I get some suggestions here? I'm thinking just a light coating of motor oil for most of the parts because here in the Northwest corner of Connecticut it can get really cold in the winter time, like zero, and I know I don't want to be fighting some frozen grease that I put on a sliding bushing.

So I hope someone can throw some suggestions out here for me in the next day or so because I finally have a few days of spare time to dedicate to rebuilding the snowblower. And the way things go here in Connecticut it could snow at anytime.

Thanks.
Jerry
 

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Hi,

I have a '78 932006, you should check out the operators manual of that year as I bet it will apply to your machine too. Page 7 has picture instructions for both oiling and grease locations. Most any oil will work and the recommend grease is '00' semi-fluid lithium grease (fyi Ariens liquid grease pt#00007200)

Check out Scot's site for that early manual plus lots of other great info.
 

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I used white lithium grease on the hex shaft, like you mentioned. For the drive axle, cog, and sprocket I used low temp grease. Haven't had a problem with either in cold temperatures
 

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I moved a couple years ago and a can of this stuff was left behind in the garage. Otherwise I would never have known about it. I just started looking for another can of it as this orphan can is running low. It's not cheap, but goes a long way and has become my "snake oil" of choice for lots of things. It works great on hex shafts, control cables (get yourself one of those injector thingys, they're great), chute rotation gears, oh, and chains.
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Hello,

Today I'm starting to rebuild my Ariens 824 snowblower (model 932101, serial number 015946). My main frame (the big orange box that holds all the gears and friction plates, etc.) got really banged up, my fault, so I decided to rebuild it. So I bought a new mainframe and I'm going to repair and replace all my worn parts.

My main concern is what lubricant should I use on the sliding parts in the mainframe. Things like the bronze bushing (it's either bronze or brass but I think it's bronze) that rides on the hex shaft that holds the friction plate. Should I use just a light coating of motor oil, a light coating of lithium grease, a light coating of a heavier oil like gear lube (90 weight) or something else or nothing at all?

I've looked through the repair manual and I can't find any lubrication recommendations other than what goes in the worm gear differential.

Can I get some suggestions here? I'm thinking just a light coating of motor oil for most of the parts because here in the Northwest corner of Connecticut it can get really cold in the winter time, like zero, and I know I don't want to be fighting some frozen grease that I put on a sliding bushing.

So I hope someone can throw some suggestions out here for me in the next day or so because I finally have a few days of spare time to dedicate to rebuilding the snowblower. And the way things go here in Connecticut it could snow at anytime.

Thanks.
Jerry


I coat all the running gear parts under/inside the machine with synthetic wheel bearing grease, the same kind used in wheel bearings for cars. that stuff lasts forever. if you have none handy, in a pinch you can use the old standby "00" or double zero grease, i.e. Vaseline.
 
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