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Broken Zerks Fitting On Rear Leaf Shackle

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 95Yota4x4, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. Dec 23, 2011 at 2:43 AM
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    95Yota4x4

    95Yota4x4 [OP] -FURY FROM THE SKY

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    I was greasing the zerks on my driver side rear leaf shackle & couldn't remove the grease gun from the fitting. Tried everything & still couldn't get it. After about 20 minutes of finess i decided that the only way it was coming off was gonna be brute strength. I was right; however the damn Zerk came off with it. :mad: now i need to replace it. any write ups on this issue? if not please advise.
     
  2. Dec 23, 2011 at 3:57 AM
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    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

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    Depends on the zerk.....it could be a screw-in or a push-in type.

    I've seen this happen a lot at work...and in most cases, they break after the zerk head. It leaves a small metal donut in the hole.

    But since you can't really tell what type it is..... get a small EASY-OUT Screw extractor. Small enough that it'll sink in that hole atleast 1/8" or more. This should be able to remove both types - use an 'unscrewing' motion to pull it out.

    When you remove the piece, take a look at it. Does it have threads on it?
    This will tell you what type (threaded or press-in) to buy.

    Good Luck
     
  3. Dec 23, 2011 at 7:38 AM
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    95Yota4x4

    95Yota4x4 [OP] -FURY FROM THE SKY

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    Thanx. Just bought an easy out tool. Gonna take care of it right away. Man that's been bothering me since it happened.
     
  4. Dec 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM
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    Snowman

    Snowman I have a problem for your solutionÂ…

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    I broke one off my OME shackles and it left part inside the threaded hole. It wasnt seized in there so it came out easily. Then I just went to the local parts store and matched one up. Wasnt a big deal, cost like 10 cents for a new zerk.

    Most grease guns can be adjusted for different sized zerks by twisting the end. Sounds like yours is just a bit too tight.
     
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