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Greasing Entire Drive Shaft U-Joints (5 Zerks Total)

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by The Parts Whore, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. Nov 30, 2009 at 8:01 AM
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    Asgard

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    Just to make it clear, this is a 1st generation driveshaft.
     
  2. Dec 1, 2009 at 11:44 AM
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    Not all greases are compatible -- I believe that the recommended grease is a lithium complex.

    in some cases mixing may cause a problem. To solve problem pump enough to flush grease. run for a few days -- let it mix around and re--grease.

    Aluminum complexes offer excellent water resistance -- use a EP grease. Moly is ok as long as its below 3% and its from a quality manufacturer as they will use ultrafine moly. all others are to be avoided.

    see link

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    http://www.mindconnection.com/library/handyman/greasecompat.htm
     
  3. Mar 3, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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    wait, so is it 5 or 6 zerks?

    From the pictures, it looks like there's 6, but I only see 5 listed.
     
  4. Mar 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM
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    Crom

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    Many, see build thread.
    There are only 5 zerks. Two on the front drive shaft if your 4x4, and three on the rear drive shaft.
     
  5. Mar 6, 2010 at 6:50 PM
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    To make this job simple buy a grease gun with a hose attachment.

    5 mins and it is finished!
     
  6. Mar 7, 2010 at 11:41 AM
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    can one of you upload a pic of what this grease gun hose attachment nozzle looks like? I got a new grease gun and I think I'm missing something...

    and I guess you put the nozzle in the zerks and pump? that's it right?
     
  7. Mar 7, 2010 at 8:27 PM
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    Many, see build thread.
    You're probably missing the coupler. I had to buy one too.

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  8. Mar 8, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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    AHHH!!! I knew I was missing something... is that coupler thingy!!

    does it lock right in the zerk?!?!?
     
  9. Mar 8, 2010 at 4:50 PM
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    Many, see build thread.
    Yes the coupler attaches to the zerk. The coupler is adjustable. It is designed that way to fit the variety of zerks that one would encounter.

    Here is a close up view of it all in action.

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  10. Mar 20, 2010 at 4:56 PM
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    I dont know about u hippies, but everytime I tried to do something on the bottom of my truck... the zerks never faces down... it always up on top

    today I did the 3 zerks in the back... using mobil 1 grease, I pump it until the black just comes out a bit and that's it...

    the front driver shaft sure giving me hard time, it's a in bad spot, I need to jack the whole truck in order to get to it, it seems like.
    do I really need to do the front since I use it that much?
     
  11. Mar 22, 2010 at 8:52 AM
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    linkfeeney, You can rotate the front drive shaft by hand if the 4WD actuator is not engaged. I was able to do mine because I parked the truck over a depression and then crawled under the truck and had lots of room to work with.

    If I were you I'd still lube the front regardless of how often you use.
     
  12. Mar 22, 2010 at 4:27 PM
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    I can rotate what?!?! I never knew that... i guess I can do it for the front too... but so hard to get my hand in there to get the coupler in and take it out...
     
  13. Mar 22, 2010 at 11:21 PM
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    For me, the 1 on the very front was easy to get to.

    #2 zerk was at an awkward spot for me. I wonder if there's a good reason they changed the zerk locations compared to the rear.
     
  14. Apr 3, 2010 at 5:53 PM
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    How many grease fittings are there in total for a reg cab's drive shaft?
     
  15. Apr 3, 2010 at 6:04 PM
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    subd, nice work, buddy was talking about doing this
     
  16. May 1, 2010 at 10:57 AM
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    ok I finally for the chance to grease the front drive shaft...
    but I can only do the front in!!
    i can't reach my hand or shove the coupler into the zerk on the back of it...

    anyone got any ideas???
     
  17. May 7, 2010 at 7:09 AM
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    The number 2 zerk is a a lot easier if you remove the protective plate. 2 12 mm bolts from the bottom. You then have much easier access.
     
  18. May 7, 2010 at 8:52 PM
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    I have to remove the plate?! man what a pain... I wish I have a lift like the garage have... so much easier to do it!!
     
  19. May 11, 2010 at 2:11 PM
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    Just got under the truck to grease the zerks. I found 6. First time I have them myself. The one near the tranny was dirty dirty with grease thrown underneath the truck. The back end took about 6 pumps to fill.
    Great thread!!
     
  20. May 16, 2010 at 5:51 PM
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    well people... I did it! I able to fit the coupler into the rear front drive shaft!!
    2 pumps that all it needs!!! Man it was a pain in the ass, I wish I had a lift!!!
     
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