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Riding mower steering gear lubrication #4756369
05/13/18 10:10 PM
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1986 or 87 Ariens.

Looks like this:



Manual says this:



What's the best product to use in the gear?

Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2] #4756371
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I've used lithium grease, and I've used motor oil. Didn't seem to make much difference either way, really. I'd just clean it up some and put on whatever was handy.


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Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2] #4756470
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While I do not have a riding mower , if I had that one , I agree 100% .

Clean it up very good then maybe thick gear lube ( like in a diff ) or wheel bearing grease . Maybe with molly and / or graphite .


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Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2] #4756730
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Your lawn sandy? If so I'd be temped to leave the exposed rack and pinion dry, or wax bike chain lube since this is BITOG. Lube the bushings still though whatever is in the gun.


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Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2] #4756731
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On such an unprotected, low load mechanism, Id be tempted to clean it up and spray it with a graphite lube that dries, like Jig a Loo Graphite Extreme.



Last edited by Snagglefoot; 05/14/18 09:48 AM.

If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2] #4756777
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ditto on a quality dry lube...I've used one of the LPS dry lubes in similar exposed rack applications.


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Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2] #4756866
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Leave it dry, look at the surrounding metal. Any grease or oil will attract dirt and grime and cause it to stick in between the gears, which will cause wear.


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Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2] #4756871
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Tough call. Lubricating the area would attract and retain abrasive contaminant.

Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2] #4756907
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Clean the gear up and apply Door-Ease stick lubricant. I've had a tube for forty five years. Originally made to lube hood and door latch strikers but good for other application too. I think I saw it at Ace Hardware.

Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2] #4757084
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Yep. That's been my experience. These exposed sector and pinion steering gears get dirty with use no matter what you do or put on them. Just a bit of oil or a tiny bit of grease goes a long way.


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Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2] #4757153
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I had some moly paste, something like 60% moly that I used to put on open steering gears. It's not quite as bad as grease at attracting dirt, and excellent for lube. I just cleaned it up real good and lubed it and wiped off the excess. I'd do it a couple times a year, and those gears were still in great shape when I got rid of the tractors. No matter what you do, it'll get dirty, so the only thing you can shoot for is some lube.

Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2] #4757168
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WD-40. If your hung up on the fact that it's not technically a lubricant, use 3 in 1 oil. The WD-40 works for me for the season.


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Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2] #4757174
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WD-40 Dry Lube from the orange big box store works for me. Works so well been thinking of using it on my knees crazy


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