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New Ball Joint Zerk fitting contacts Axle Shaft

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 83k5blzrbob, Dec 15, 2006.

  1. 83k5blzrbob

    83k5blzrbob Registered Member

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    Anybody ever run into this.....I installed new greasable upper and lower ball joints on my 83 K5, and when I spin the axle shaft it slightly contacts the end of the zerk fitting on the upper ball joint.

    Any ideas for a solution, should I remove the zerk after greasing and then plug the hole till next grease job?

    Appreciate any ideas........
     
  2. mxfireman

    mxfireman 1/2 ton status

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    Sounds like you replaced them with the wrong size (too long) see if your local auto parts store has the right ones for you? :dunno:
     
  3. 83k5blzrbob

    83k5blzrbob Registered Member

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    Thanks for the reply, I assume that you refering to the wrong size zerk and not the wrong size ball joint........with that said, I think the zerk couldn't be any shorter or the gun wouldn't attach.

    Any other ideas? Are most replacement ball joints greasable?
     
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    Most replacement ball joints are greasable; however the bottom one you can leave the zerk in, only to be broken off by a rock, and the upper on will be brocken off by the axle shaft. Grease them well, and remove the zerks and replace the little plugs that came with the ball joints.
    Next time you do brakes/wheel bearings, it would be wise to take the spindle off to inspect the spindle bearing, and grease the ball joints again.
    Jimbo
     
  5. bp71k5

    bp71k5 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    I had the same problem. Next time get Moog balljoints since they have the grease fittings in a different place so you can grease them without plugging the hole after.
     
  6. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Go to your local parts store and buy some "recessed" fittings. You'll also need a grease needle to use them. I have them on my front axle u-joints and they work like a charm.
     

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