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Old 11-21-2013, 07:21 AM   #1
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2011 Tahoe zerk fittings and grease question

I plan on doing the maintenance on my wife's Tahoe myself since a local shop screwed up the lug nuts on her daily driver Prius.

Since my Tacoma does not have zerk fittings and I don't use it, what is the best type of grease to use for this? I have read some Tahoe forums and they say to be careful not to overfill the boot (??) as it may cause it to burst. I always thought that one was supposed to fill it until the old grease started coming out? Is this not how its done anymore?

Also, does anyone have a Tahoe and have a map of the fittings? Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:11 PM   #2
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Are you talking about ball joints? Just pump until you see the boot starts to inflate, then stop. Use NLGI grade 2 lithium- or urea-based synthetic grease (usually green).

A map isn't necessary. There are only a limited number of possible suspension greasing points:

- lower ball joint
- upper ball joint
- outer tie rod end
- sway bar links

It's more important to grease the driveshaft U-joints though. Just look over all the U-joint yokes for zerk fittings and pump grease into them. With U-joints, pump grease in until you see all the old grease expelled from the bearing caps.

Not a Tahoe, but still a GM and similar technique:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB2RiRKDQ9k
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Also, your Tacoma has zerk fittings - your ujoints are greaseable. So grease your Taco while you have the grease gun!
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Thanks for the info! My Tacoma doesn't have zerk fittings...
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