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#1158258 Sun Apr 03 2016 07:26 PM
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I had about half my truck's grease fittings work correctly when I was greasing them up. What's the best way to fix the fittings that aren't taking grease? Replace them? Clean them?

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You can always screw out the zerk and clean it up. Chances are the old grease in the moving part has packed in so tight that it is time to see over the innerds.

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I will try that, Thanks!

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Zerks are cheap. Pick up a few next time your at the flaps and you will have them on hand for these situations.

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A little heat from a butane microtorch usually frees them up for me. You can buy one cheap at Harbor Freight.

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Yep, just replace the clogged ones. No point in wasting a lot of labor time to clean up a part that costs less than a dollar!

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While you are replacing the grease fittings, use a small screw driver to clean out the hole. If the last grease that was used was the old soap based grease, its hard as a rock by now.

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Thanks! Are all the grease fittings the same diameter size? I know they have some that are straight and others are at an elbow.

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I believe they have different sizes but most are 1/4-28 threads (at least the box of them I have is! LOL)


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They also come in pipe thread and metric, so, measure carefully.


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