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Good evening to all.

I just tried to grease one of my deck spindles and the silly push-in zert popped out. I used a tiny thin smooth wire and carefully cleaned the shaft and nothing felt plugged or otherwise restictive. I tapped the shaft and replaced the silly push-in with a treaded zert but I still had high resistance to pumping grease...
What's up inside that thing? These do have non-sealed bearings don't they? Even if they don't the grease usually finds it's way past the rubber seal and oozes out...
 

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The bearings are sealed.It may be that the ball on the zerk isnt pushing in to allow grease to squeeze through the chamber into the housing.take a pin or screwdriver and make sure that the ball is moving in and out.
 

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Take the treaded zerk fitting out and clamp it in a vise. See if you can get grease to flow through it. If not replace it, if the grease flows reinstall it and try putting some heat on the soindle, then try greasing it again. That's all I can think of. old as my 9n
 

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The spindle on that deck is just a long plain shaft that is drilled through to a hole about mid way down where the grease comes out between the two unsealed bearings. I tapped and installed a threaded grease fitting on the center spindle of my son's 2554.
 

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If the bearings are sealed why the grease zert?
I replaced with a new zert and tested it before installing it.
 

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If the zert is new and works, what's causing the blockage?
 

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If the bearings are sealed why the grease zert?
I replaced with a new zert and tested it before installing it.
Read post above. The bearings are not sealed.
 

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I didn't think they were even though I know many of the new cheaper brands are. I figure if there is a zert it must need grease even though I've seen cheapo Turf Masters from Meijers that had a zert on the spindle but after tearing it apart both bearings were sealed....I just scrathed my head.

I just can't figure what would be blocking the flow of grease.. I guess I'll have to tear it apart this winter.

Have I told everybody lately just how great this Forum is and the people on it?
Thanks everybody for sharing your knowledge, patience and common interest for these machines.
 

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If the bearings are sealed why the grease zert?
I replaced with a new zert and tested it before installing it.
That's the million dollar question and it varies from deck to deck and on the same deck even. One 54" might have sealed/shielded bearings for the spindles, another may not. It's a mixed bag. I've seen shields on one side and not the other to allow for some greasing. You dunno what you got until you look at it. They were fully sealed on my 2544. My 31yr/old case spindle bearings are sealed and non serviceable, yet they last 15-20yrs a pop.

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Don't wanna be the spelling police but it is a ZERK, not a ZERT. :) I think 3 guys even responded spelling it correctly....take the hint :) :)

Just being nice here. Take the constructive criticism well.....please :):)
 
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