So I haven’t had a lot of wrench time this past week or so. Sometimes somebody you know needs some help with things and that takes priority. Between that and some stress I’ve been under and it’s been a wild couple of days. So now that things are a bit quieter I’m trying to get back on this project, namely the snowblower.
I noticed that the lower bearing on the gearbox (size R16, 2” x 1” x 1/2”) has a missing seal, causing the massive grease build up on the back of the impeller housing that I noticed last summer. So my question is, do I need to replace the bearing or should I just put a new seal in? The bearing feels fine, and honestly I think tearing the gearbox apart is a job that I’d rather avoid considering my crazy schedule. Thoughts?