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 Posted: Thu Aug 2nd, 2018 06:55 am
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Andrew Teague
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My sister somehow caught a bit of the fan bug from me and bought a mid 50s 16" vorty to sleep to.  Typical original yucky wick change and gearbox clean out. I noticed no rear bearing wick like my early 40s one. After feeding Lord knows how many drops of oil down the pin hole bit on top,  I found posts and now understand that the original method of oiling after the early ones was from the grease separating in the Box to lube the back bearing.  Now that really isnt a thing. And that now it's best to just put a few drops right on the shaft at the bearing. My question is, how often does one need to do this Assuming year round use? I was thinking every 6 months, but wanted to be sure. 

Thank you for any feedback! 

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 Posted: Sun Aug 12th, 2018 03:42 pm
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Kevin Massey
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I put grease in the gearbox and let it oil the way it was intended to. I believe the hole that you are oiling is a dowel pin that keeps the bearing from rotating. I use lucas red and tacky grease and haven't had any issues.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 12th, 2018 09:00 pm
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Yeah, that's the pinhole I was referring to. It looks suspiciously like an oil hole until I learned it wasn't. Lord knows where all that oil went. Nothing ever came out. I was just worried grease could actually muck up the rear bearing. 
Right now I have the gearing just coated with some cheap Walmart multipurpose black grease. Its not as thick as red n tacky. I'll just shove more in there and call it done if it's nothing to worry about.


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