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steering box lube
#1408889 Thu May 06 2021 06:37 PM
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Hello working on 1954 3100 1/2 ton . What type of gear oil and what weight do you run in your steering Box THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!!!!

Re: steering box lube
jrhackett #1408894 Thu May 06 2021 07:17 PM
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Re: steering box lube
jrhackett #1408899 Thu May 06 2021 07:42 PM
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'Bolter
i concur in fact GM even started going to grease in their service notices.
Corn head grease works really well. and does not leak as much oil. I just tapped a hold in the cap plug and put in a zerk fitting for easy service

Re: steering box lube
jrhackett #1408919 Thu May 06 2021 09:40 PM
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'Bolter
I use Penrite Steering Box Lube...comes from Australia...they've been around since 1926.

Mike B smile

Re: steering box lube
jrhackett #1408931 Thu May 06 2021 11:28 PM
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'Bolter
My preference is Chevron's Delo EP 00 semi-fluid grease. It matches the consistency of the NLA Chevy grease that was spec'ed in the mid-'50s, when Chevy stopped recommending gear oil based on customer complaints of leakage (according to Service Bulletin). It's a grade lighter than the commonly used J-D Corn Head grease (which is an NLGI 0 rated grease).

Interestingly, while the J-D and Chevron Delo products (as well as similar products from Shell and Mobil) meet EP wear specifications, the pricier Penrite fluid does not, by their own specs. Downside of the Chevron, Mobil, and Shell EP 00 greases is that the minimum packaging size is a 5 gal (35#) pail. I have a lifetime supply.... LOL.

Doug

Re: steering box lube
jrhackett #1408974 Fri May 07 2021 12:28 PM
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'Bolter
websearch search 00 grade grease, lots of places sell it in 1 quart bottles for lawn mower gear cases. CV joint grease also works.

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jrhackett #1408985 Fri May 07 2021 01:54 PM
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You can mix corn head grease with 90 weight gear oil (about 70/30) and make a lubricant that does very well. With grease it is very important that you have something which will remain liquid in cold weather and over time. About 5 years ago I took a steering box apart which had been lubricated with what looked like chassis grease and the thing was shot. The grease had done very little to protect the wearing surfaces and the bearings were completely gone.


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
Re: steering box lube
jrhackett #1408988 Fri May 07 2021 02:19 PM
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Grease should not be used in the steering box. If you use grease, you will find that it tends to stick to the walls of the steering box and the steering gear then makes a tunnel in the grease keeping the grease from lubricating the steering gears. I believe the concept of using grease came from the observation that there sometimes was a “grease” fitting placed where the gear oil was poured in. This “grease” fitting was just a quick way to add gear oil through a pressurized system to the gear box used by the service department.

Mike


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Re: steering box lube
jrhackett #1408993 Fri May 07 2021 02:43 PM
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How does one get the corn head grease into the steering box?

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jrhackett #1408995 Fri May 07 2021 02:56 PM
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I filled a grease gun with the corn head grease and pumped it in the fill hole.


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