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Grease your zerks!!!!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by kris77, May 5, 2010.

  1. May 5, 2010 at 7:49 AM
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    kris77

    kris77 [OP] Born in the Backwoods

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    For those of you that don't, START.

    35k on the truck and i decided it would be a good time to grease everything.

    Jacked it up and changed the oil.

    The first 2 zerks on the front driveshaft were pretty decent. The rear ones however seemed completely empty. Took 5-6 pumps before grease was comming out the sides.

    Front ones only took 2 or 3.

    Just for your information....GREASE GREASE GREASE
     
  2. May 5, 2010 at 7:50 AM
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    RainDodger

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  3. May 5, 2010 at 9:22 AM
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    BUDSHAD

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    Did my front 2 just a few minutes ago with Mobil type 2 grease. Cant seem to find any on the rear. Thanks for the heads up.
     
  4. May 5, 2010 at 9:29 AM
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    sachou

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    I thought everything was sealed nowadays...
     
  5. May 5, 2010 at 9:30 AM
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    Crom

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    The 4x4's rear and front drive shafts have zerks fittings on the u-joints, for a total of 5 zerks. The prerunners have none. At least that's how I understand it.
     
  6. May 5, 2010 at 9:37 AM
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    DGXR

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    My 2wd 4cyl access cab has no zerks anywhere. Everything is sealed. Well maybe not the tie rod ends, I will check those. But I know the u-joints and ball joints are sealed on my 2wd. "Lube for life"? More like "lube until failure."
     
  7. May 5, 2010 at 10:27 AM
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    bambooshoots

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    ...what's a "zerk"
     
  8. May 5, 2010 at 10:36 AM
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    kris77

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    The ones on the rear of mine just happened to be pointed straight up. Im sure if i would have jacked the rear end up I could have rotated them down. But they werent that hard to get to. I think there were 3. One next to the tranny. One in the middle. It had a skid plate covering it and then one next to the rear diff.
     
  9. May 5, 2010 at 11:34 AM
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    Yeah pretty much lubed until failure. I understand that the sealed ones can last 50-100K miles or so.

    It is a grease fitting or grease nipple. It is a lubrication fitting used in mechanical systems to add grease with a grease gun. The fitting is permanently installed by a threaded connection leaving a nipple connection the grease gun attaches to. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grease_fitting

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    It is the green thing in the photo above.

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    Clean the zerk. Then hook up your grease gun and pump some grease in.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. May 5, 2010 at 11:36 AM
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    eight3one_offroad

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    I had my stealership grease those zerk fittings and tighten up the U joint flange on my last oil change, I don't think it was done at 35K... glad I had it done I think it was dry.
     
  11. May 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM
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    The rear u joint fittings are on one of the 4 endcaps. You may have to rotate the driveshaft to see them. The front fittings are on the spiders themselves.
     
  12. May 5, 2010 at 11:38 AM
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    I found the one on the rear. It was hiding from me:rolleyes:
     
  13. May 5, 2010 at 11:40 AM
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    ...and here I thought you boys called them....NIPPLES!! :D:p:p

    Grease your nipples!!! ;)
     
  14. May 5, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    I love greasy nipples.......
     
  15. May 5, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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    Really nice clear pics. Virgin grease monkeys should appreciate. [​IMG]

     
  16. May 5, 2010 at 3:43 PM
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    Oh wait those nipples....
     
  17. May 5, 2010 at 7:23 PM
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    nighthawk87

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    So what issues might your truck exhibit if you were to never grease your nipples, hehe??
     
  18. May 5, 2010 at 7:28 PM
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    jandrews

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    Grinding, eventually u-joint failure which usually results in vibes, and potentially driveshaft separation (read: fucking breaks apart) if the u-joint goes unnoticed and continues to get used for a prolonged period.

    Grease your zerks people. The reg maint schedule only calls for it every 30k for chrissakes. I do mine every other oil change.
     
  19. May 6, 2010 at 4:04 AM
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    kris77

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    I have that exact same gun and i never knew that was adjustable...

    Learn something new every day.
     
  20. May 6, 2010 at 4:12 AM
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    T@co_Pr3runn3r

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    I'm not zerkin around, they will always be nipples...........
     
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