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mower deck/spindles maintenance

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Smitty
Spring time in Nashville. I mowed my lawn today with a used 42" deck I just bought. All the spindles turn but I notice a squeal coming from one of them and after mowing the nut on top of the pulley was a bit hot to touch. I am assuming that puppy is about to freeze up on me. Can these things be oiled or greased to keep them nice?

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toad270
If they have a grease zerk on the side of the housing they can be greased. If it doesn't they are probably sealed bearing. But they way you described the noise and being hot to the touch it sound you have a bearing going bad you be better off to replace them. Take the belt off of the shafts so you can spin each one freely and you should be able to tell witch one is harder to turn and that is probably your problem child. Maybe this link will help. http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=28214&SearchTerms=spindle http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=28199&SearchTerms=spindle

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RayS
The grease zerks on the arbor tube assemblies are to keep moisture out of the arbor tubes only. The bearings on any of them that I have ever seen are all sealed. I think I read somewhere or my dealer told me that the life of the bearings are around 500 hours. RayS

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