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grease guns and zerk fittings.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Black Stallion, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. Aug 24, 2019 at 12:05 PM
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    Black Stallion

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    I was servicing my "new-to-me", 2015 4wd Tacoma and ran into a slight problem. When lubing the driveshaft, I had no problem with the three fittings on the rear driveshaft, but was stumped on the two fittings on front drive shaft. The nozzle on my grease gun is too large to fit into the cavities where the fittings are located. What are you guys and gals using that will fit in there and do a good job?
     
  2. Aug 24, 2019 at 12:08 PM
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    Lester Lugnut

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    A smaller gun that holds the 3 oz. tubes might help.
     
  3. Aug 24, 2019 at 12:10 PM
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    2013djb67

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    Use a needle injector it is about 2 inches long fits up in there nicely.
     
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  4. Aug 24, 2019 at 12:36 PM
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    Black Stallion

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    Thanks! I'll give those suggestions a try!
     
  5. Aug 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM
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    sparkystaco

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    You have to rotate the shaft slowly till you find where the nozzle fits on zerk, on mine the u-joint at the t-case the zerk has to be pointed at roughly two o-clock for the nozzle to fit in the drv shft and hit the zerk, the one at the front diff I don't remember any tricks so it must just fit.
     
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  6. Aug 24, 2019 at 8:15 PM
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    brac2015

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    That's what I have and works on both shafts.
     
  7. Aug 24, 2019 at 8:48 PM
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    would a flexible hose attachment help?

    some of them come with it
     
  8. Aug 24, 2019 at 9:39 PM
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    cromag27

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    needle is easiest.
     
  9. Aug 25, 2019 at 4:37 AM
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    Flexible hose allows me to access that tricky one on the front shaft. As someone mentioned, I rotate it to around the 2 o'clock position.

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  11. Aug 25, 2019 at 4:45 AM
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    I don't even have zerks on my front..
     
  12. Aug 25, 2019 at 5:54 AM
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    Same here. A flexible hose works on the front zerk.
     
  13. Aug 25, 2019 at 6:35 AM
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    Remember the two fronts are 90 degree fittings, at least on mine.

    Also, get a pneumatic grease gun if you have air. Well worth the expense
     
  14. Aug 25, 2019 at 12:38 PM
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    I have this exact gun and was able to do the front shaft one as well. My recall u-joints on lower driveshaft don't even have zerks... so I have this huge grease gun and grease tube for one zerk lol.
     
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  15. Sep 24, 2019 at 1:48 PM
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    Did it today myself and it works well. Made it easy to do. It’s the only one that I had to use it for though. I was able to use the LockNLube fitting to get the other 4 zerks with no issues. One suggestion is to make sure you wrap the grease gun fitting with something like Plummer’s tape or something for a leakproof fit.
     
  16. Feb 11, 2020 at 12:44 PM
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    Tah-koh-mah

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    I know this is an old post, and this may be a dumb question....but how do you use that needle injector? Do you push it into the zerk?
     
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  17. Feb 11, 2020 at 1:42 PM
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    I could'nt figure out how to use the needle injector, it just made a mess. Ended up for me that the cheap grease gun fittings I can get from 'Canadian Tire' actually fit inside and allow me to grease the 90 degree fittings. They are just the right size.
     
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  18. Feb 11, 2020 at 1:59 PM
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    With the needle point attachment you need to be able to push that little ball in the zerk in before you pump the grease.
    The needle zert point holds that ball in so the grease can flow into the zert. If your at an angle and that ball doesn’t get push in, your going to have a mess.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmJNjg-zEKA
     
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    Tah-koh-mah

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    How much grease are you pumping into them? Are these "flush" type u-joints where you keep squeezing until new grease flows out? I'm not sure if these are the sealed type that shouldn't be flushed or are they flushable? Sounds like I'm talking about toilets lol.
     
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  20. Feb 11, 2020 at 2:45 PM
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    I didnt know what I was doing when I 1st did mine, so I broke the seals apparently. Now have to flush them until clean grease comes out.

    I was told you just put 'a bit', but that measurement amount is very vague to me. :notsure:
     

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