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proper greasing of front end

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Blaize, Mar 17, 2001.

  1. Blaize

    Blaize Registered Member

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    I was inspecting the Green Meanie ('85 K5) and realized that the I have not added any grease to the grease fittings in a long time.

    Can you guys give me a quick primer on how to do the job right ? Which fittings, what type of grease, how do I know when I've added the right amount of grease, etc...

    I appreciate it !!!

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    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    I usually use all-purpose hi-temp grease in all the fittings. And you normally need to grease everything about once a month depending on how often you drive and wheel. But every month is a good standard. And how much??? You need to pump it in there untill it pushes the old crap out the seals. Sorta like flushing or purging if you will.

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    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    Actually you dont want to keep pumping grease into the tie rod seals as they will pop and become useless. You want to give it a good 4 -5 pumps as you will see the grease jacket fill up and inflate like a balloon. But you in no way want it to burst as all the grease will be lost and will counteract what you were trying to do in the first place.
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Sometimes 4-5 pumps wont be enough, especially on brand new joints. I like to pump until you see the rubber just starting to expand, but not to where the grease oozes out of them. Dont pump until the rubber is way expanded. When you see the slightest expanding "bulge", STOP.
     
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    The only one in the front on mine that bulges is the one on the steering arm, well, at both ends of the drag link. And yes on that one I pump until it bulges a hair or 2. But on the rest I have always flushed the old grease out and have yet to have any problems.

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