I would like to know the way to fill oil into the gear case in the
auger of a John Deere snow thrower.
I have an old John Deere snow thrower from 1990's that I got from my
father-in-law (who has retired to sunny Florida and doesn't need to
worry about snow any more). The model number is 522. It is a small
dual-stage snow thrower with a 4-stroke engine. I want to get it ready
for the winter.
I am supposed to check the oil level in the gear case in the auger, and
then refill if needed. The part that I don't understand is how I am
supposed to refill the oil into the gear case? According to the
operator manual, there is a small plug in the gear case that I am
supposed to open, and see if there is any oil draining out. If oil
doesn't drain out, this means there is not enough oil, and I should
slowly fill it with oil. But the manual doesn't say exactly how to
refill the oil. I don't see how I can refill the oil because the plug
hole is facing sideway.
I thought only way to refill the oil is to place the snow thrower
sideway in order to have the plug hole facing upward. But I doubt this
because if I needed to place the snow thrower sideway, the manual would
have say so and would have also asked me to drain the fuel from the
fuel tank and all those safty requirement before turning the snow
I thought the gear case may have another plug hole for filling oil.
But I cannot find it in the gear case, and I cannot find any info about
this in the manual.
Can someone tell me the right way to refill the gear case oil?
Thanks in advance for any info.