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What type of Grease do you use for the Prop and Drive shafts

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by JoeN 267, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Oct 5, 2010 at 9:50 AM
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    JoeN 267

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    The Manual calls for NLGI 2 Lithium based Chassis Grease - what do you guys use ? Brand specific !

    I called a dealer locally here and they said they just use "wheel bearing " grease :-(

    I only have 2500 miles on the truck, but it has gone through 1 winter here in the northeast and another one is fast approaching - lots of salt on the roads all winter long -

    I would like to be able to just put a couple of pumps into each zerk and NOT have to fully pump out what is already in there from the factory -

    I have looked in some auto parts stores around here and there is quite a large selection - some brands of grease state that you can NOT mix different types of grease -

    So I'm a little confused as to what to use - I want to keep it as simple as possible
     
  2. Oct 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM
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    jandrews

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    Most folks will say Mobil 1, which is a fine grease.
     
  3. Oct 5, 2010 at 5:42 PM
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    I don't know what the factory uses but it is pretty shitty along with an even shittier job of doing it.
    First oil change I greased the zerks, 2 were bone dry and the others had some runny black stuff come out that wasn't much thicker then 2 day old coffee :mad:
     
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    Is there a diagram or a schematic showing the location of all the grease fittings ?

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    that would be nice ive never greased anything on the truck and wanna keep it protected but dont know where to start
     
  7. Oct 16, 2010 at 8:24 PM
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    Its an 01 and never been greased, Thats not good
     
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  9. Oct 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM
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    Finally got to doing the grease fittings yesterday - here is some info for the above posters not familiar with the procedure -

    1 - There are 5 zerk fittings, 3 on the "drive shaft" and 2 on the "propeller shaft"

    2 - The 3 on the "drive shaft" are easy, they all line up with each other, so once you have the "drive shaft" oriented for easy access you can do all of them - I used a "lever" handled grease gun, my truck has 2500 mi. on it and is 1 year old, it took 4 full pumps on each fitting to get the factory grease to start oozing out and then I did 1 more full pump (for a total of 5), the pump handle got very hard to push in on the 5th pump so I went VERY slow - no problems

    3 - The 2 on the "prop shaft" are a little more of a pain, they can be done, just requiring a bit more effort - remember the "prop shaft" can be turned by hand for proper alignment, the front zerk fitting on the "prop shaft" is tight, just wiggle the grease coupler a little and push hard, it will pop on - the rear zerk fitting is the most difficult, access it from the passenger side (I did all of this in my driveway, did not jack up the truck), I also have a 12" flex hose on the grease gun (a necessity for this fitting), rotate the shaft to find the zerk, there is a shield and cross member making this difficult to get to, push the grease coupler on to the fitting the best you can, steady it in position and use a long, flat blade screwdriver to push on the back of the collar of the grease coupler, it took me a couple of tries but it will push on all the way - these "prop shaft" fittings took 3 full pumps to start the factory grease oozing out and the 4th full pump was hard so again I went VERY slow - no problems

    4 - If the truck was on a lift or you have it raised up a little this will make the job easier -
     
  10. Oct 18, 2010 at 7:39 AM
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    I use Pennzoil Pennlith Ultra EP-2. Whenever I apply the grease (3 zerks on the rear drive shaft, 2 on the front), I squeeze enough in until the old dirty stuff is out and I can see clean grease escaping.

    I have dropped the rear-most section of driveshaft myself too, to apply grease to the slip yoke. For that, I use Molykote BR2 Plus (I ordered it for my ATV). It seems to be good grease for the slip yoke so far, and has cured the thump when stopping/pulling away (knock on wood).

    FYI, the front-most zerk on the rear drive shaft is easier to get to if you remove the exhaust heat shield.
     
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    Correction, There is 6 zerks on the rear shaft and 3 on the front for a total of nine.
     
  12. Oct 18, 2010 at 6:23 PM
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    Here's what I have on my 04' On the front there's three, One on each U-Joint and one for the slip. On the rear there is 6, One on the rear U-Joint, One on the slip, One on the front U-Joint, and three for the two mid U-Joints. On the two mid U-Joints close to the carrier bearing, You have to look really hard to find them but there are 3.
     
  13. Oct 18, 2010 at 7:45 PM
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