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Old 09-19-2018, 12:08 AM   #1
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to grease or not

I was working under my axis and noticed no grease fittings. I once was a truck mechanic and we put fittings in on all trucks. We were told later to install them if there was an issue, because they are greased with synthetic which was better than the old type grease we used. That was decades ago and I wonder what opinions there are. No recommendation in owners manual , but i think someone with later experience might have the scoop.
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Old 09-19-2018, 12:59 AM   #2
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I like to see grease fittings also.
It makes me feel as if I'm being useful...
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Old 09-19-2018, 01:02 AM   #3
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My 2016 Vegas (e450) has fitting on tie rods and drag link. I grease them every time I change oil.
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Old 09-19-2018, 01:11 AM   #4
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There are 4 grease points on the steering linkage.
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Old 09-19-2018, 02:58 PM   #5
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grease or not.

mine has no fittings,just plugs were I can install them. I need to talk to a ford truck service place about what they had in mind
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Old 09-19-2018, 03:15 PM   #6
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My 2017 Axis has the 4 grease fittings. I think I would add some zerks to yours.
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Old 11-28-2018, 12:17 AM   #7
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I like to see grease fittings also.
It makes me feel as if I'm being useful...
Yeah, all those tools and stuff I bought for years and years....
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Old 11-28-2018, 01:29 AM   #8
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Mine had grease fittings, about half of them I changed to 90 degree fittings to make it easier for me
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Old 11-29-2018, 03:35 AM   #9
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I've never seen anything worn out by too much grease, grease it every oil change.
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Old 11-29-2018, 12:10 PM   #10
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They saved 7/100th's of a penny by not adding zerks. Pull the plugs and add them.
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Old 11-29-2018, 12:52 PM   #11
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I've never seen anything worn out by too much grease, grease it every oil change.
What he said...
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But you can blow the boot on ball joints and steering arm ends by putting too much grease in them. 4 or 5 strokes every 5-7000 miles should be enough.
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But you can blow the boot on ball joints and steering arm ends by putting too much grease in them. 4 or 5 strokes every 5-7000 miles should be enough.
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Old 11-30-2018, 01:50 AM   #14
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Thanks I agree based on past experience, but there is always an expert that thinks things should not be tampered with. The factory must have wanted it that way. I have low miles so it will get greased before I head out. Do you grease u-joints ? I didn't look at them yet but we did so at work.
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But you can blow the boot on ball joints and steering arm ends by putting too much grease in them. 4 or 5 strokes every 5-7000 miles should be enough.
You're only supposed to pump until the boot moves or you see some grease pushing out of the fitting. Might only be one or two pumps, might be 3 or more..
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Old 11-30-2018, 02:42 PM   #16
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What kind / name brand grease is recommended?
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Old 12-01-2018, 02:00 AM   #18
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What kind / name brand grease is recommended?
Not sure what is recommended by the manufacturer, but Lucas Oil Red ní Tacky is about the best you can get. Any auto parts store will have it.
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Old 12-01-2018, 03:22 AM   #19
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I prefer bacon grease: it tastes the best!
We can always count on Bob to come up with some zingers. LOL
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You're only supposed to pump until the boot moves or you see some grease pushing out of the fitting. Might only be one or two pumps, might be 3 or more..
Exactly. Just a little at a time until the boot moves. I used to think it was good to "Push out all of the old grease" but then they always leak out quickly with nomal use and the joint will wear out much quicker.
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