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#4756369 - 05/13/18 10:10 PM Riding mower steering gear lubrication
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41891
Loc: New Jersey
1986 or 87 Ariens.

Looks like this:



Manual says this:



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

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#4756371 - 05/13/18 10:16 PM Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2]
jnewkirk77 Offline


Registered: 08/13/17
Posts: 9
Loc: Kentucky
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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#4756470 - 05/14/18 03:55 AM Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2]
WyrTwister Offline


Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 1584
Loc: Texas
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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#4756730 - 05/14/18 09:44 AM Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
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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#4756731 - 05/14/18 09:44 AM Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1908
Loc: SE British Columbia, Canada
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.




Edited by Snagglefoot (05/14/18 09:48 AM)

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#4756777 - 05/14/18 10:18 AM Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2]
wings&wheels Offline


Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 597
Loc: New England, USA
ditto on a quality dry lube...I've used one of the LPS dry lubes in similar exposed rack applications.
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#4756866 - 05/14/18 11:40 AM Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2]
jeepman3071 Offline


Registered: 04/15/10
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Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
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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#4756871 - 05/14/18 11:42 AM Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2]
Kestas Offline



Registered: 06/04/02
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Tough call. Lubricating the area would attract and retain abrasive contaminant.

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#4756907 - 05/14/18 12:18 PM Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2]
Yah-Tah-Hey Offline


Registered: 05/26/14
Posts: 3478
Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
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.

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#4757084 - 05/14/18 03:24 PM Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2]
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 10653
Loc: Buffalo, NY
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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#4757153 - 05/14/18 05:29 PM Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2]
bchannell Offline


Registered: 01/09/08
Posts: 380
Loc: WV
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.

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#4757168 - 05/14/18 05:41 PM Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2]
TheLawnRanger Offline


Registered: 03/18/18
Posts: 497
Loc: Mississippi
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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#4757174 - 05/14/18 05:47 PM Re: Riding mower steering gear lubrication [Re: JHZR2]
smithph Offline


Registered: 02/07/08
Posts: 384
Loc: USA
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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