Things are so slow around here, just thought I’d ramble a little about riding mower maintenance. Now that leaves are mostly mulched for the season and I have about 500 hours on my rider, I started to plan some maintenance on it for over the winter. I like to just replace stuff ahead of time to avoid problems during the growing season, and makes me feel better. So will probably OH the carb, pull the heads and clean carbon, replace the blade spindles, etc.
In addition I thought I would pull the transaxle and put new bushings in that. Its a Peerless (as about all of them are) bought out by Tecumseh, then bought out by Husquvarna when Tecumseh went south. Reading up on it a little in the last couple days, it appears the grease for the transaxle is pretty important. I never knew there were such things as clay based and soap based grease. Peerless wants clay based grease for heat, etc. and the two are not compatable. My owners manual says to use Shell Darina #0 grease which is no longer available. My shop manual says to use lithium which I really think is very wrong, and the Peerless transmission repair manual says to use Benoline. I believe the Benoline 920 is the updated version of the Shell Darina and sells for $20 for 8 oz.
At any rate from what I have read, you just have to bite the bullet and pay the $20 for compatable grease or all of the existing grease has to be cleaned out thoroughly so you can use a soap based grease. But I don’t think the soap based like what would be used in CV joints etc. will stand up, so what the hey? One guy on youtube did an overhaul demo using regular grease and had his gear freeze up on the shaft. I don’t think it ever dawned on him that his was using the wrong grease. Maybe the rest of you know all about the different types of grease but I had no idea and find it very confusing. I just like to go to the parts store and buy the more expensive stuff and be done with it.
So no real question unless someone can shed some light on the various greases and what the numbers mean and where you really can just by the stuff. But a word of caution if you are going to do any work on these Peerless transaxles and transmissions. Also some of the Peerless models call for the clay based gear oil and not the grease, which is a little cheaper. Never thought I’d pay as much for grease though as for the parts.