Pedestal Sump Pump - Oil in vertical pipe?

Old 12-18-21, 06:54 AM
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Pedestal Sump Pump - Oil in vertical pipe?

Hi All. I have a pedestal sump pump from 1978. The top of the motor says GE, but the tag on the pipe that extends into the pit says All Power Machine & Mfg. On the pipe itself, a few inches below the motor, there is a hole ion the pipe and following directions: "This unit is equipped with special oil retaining felt to prevent wear or corrosion of bearing. Note: Pour 2 ounces of oil in hole twice a year." I've had that pump for 26 years and just noticed that. Can anyone tell me what kind of oil to put in the hole? motor oil? Vegetable oil? WD-40? Something else?
Old 12-18-21, 11:46 AM
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Why bother now? Typically, any light duty oil will do for that application.
Old 12-18-21, 11:56 AM
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It would need to be a light motor oil. SAE10 would be ok.
No vegetable oil or Wd40.

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