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Old 04-19-2019, 05:35 AM   #1
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Advise on DIY grease maintance

I noticed the first time I did a grease job on my 2002 revolution all the excess grease on every joint under my coach. My dad had various folks do his oil changes/ grease and so forth .I did some maintenance for him when he asked and offered to do oil/ grease for free but he would always say " I hate for you to have to do that"anyway after I bought coach I did my own oil/ grease and notice an enormous amount of grease all around fittings , all over slack adjusters , I mean big globby blobs . I wiped down as much as possible but hadn't really cleaned it like it should be so with my latest undertaking of replacing air bags , I built ramps to get coach up a bit to maneuver underneath better and while waiting for my new airbags (already have fronts off)i decided to attack all this grease. My advise is when greasing , shoot grease just enough to see it coming out around joints evenly and then wipe as clean as possible. I guarantee these grease monkeys shoot till it starts oozing out and plopping on floor . I bet on that first grease job I did , Wiped enough grease off what I could at the time to grease this thing 4 times.
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:59 AM   #2
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Bad advice, always grease until NEW grease shows coming out.

That confirms that all water contamanated, old grease, is flushed out.

This advice can be found in any lubrcation manual.

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Old 04-19-2019, 07:12 AM   #3
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YUP ^^ What he said. Use a tube of grease and a roll of paper towels..
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When I grease mine, I do kind of wipe it down...sort of. But shoot, my old body is having a harder and harder time just twisting into position to get the Lock-An -Lube grease fitting to hook on to the Zerk. I do keep a plastic spoon to remove some of the excess grease, but it sure doesn't look like it did when the frame was new!

Now for the big question. Should you grease the King Pin joints while they are under load, or when the tires are suspended? I noticed you made ramps so I figure you greased yours while they were under load, but a lot of owners, including shops that lift the coach up, do them while load is removed.
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I like to take the weight off the wheels, then turn the wheel left and right.

However, I suspect that sitting on the ground is acceptable.
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If you looked at what I posted, it specificly mentions why you grease king pins while the tires are on the ground.

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Twinboat , think you need to re read my post before calling bad advise. I did infact say to grease until grease is coming out, didnt put the word new but my main thing is not to over grease and and least wipe off excess.
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Big d yeah always greased with weight of vehicle on wheels.
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If you looked at what I posted, it specificly mentions why you grease king pins while the tires are on the ground.

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Well I did look at what you posted, but when I clicked on the attachments the print was too small for me to make out and I just assumed they had something to do with greasing joints in general. Sorry.
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Big d yeah always greased with weight of vehicle on wheels. But this was in todays truckingmagazine. "Before greasing the front end, itís advisable to jack up the truck using the I-beam for support. This takes the weight off the kingpins and ball joints. Critical locations such as these, exposed to water and spray, should be greased on a weekly basis. Apply grease until it begins to seep out of the tie-rod cups and the flanges around the kingpins."
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Big d yeah always greased with weight of vehicle on wheels. But this was in todays truckingmagazine. "Before greasing the front end, itís advisable to jack up the truck using the I-beam for support. This takes the weight off the kingpins and ball joints. Critical locations such as these, exposed to water and spray, should be greased on a weekly basis. Apply grease until it begins to seep out of the tie-rod cups and the flanges around the kingpins."
Maybe that's for axles made by " Trucking Magazine ".
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I looked through my 1999 Ford F53 owners manual, Didn't find anything. I'll take a peek at the maintenance CD later tonight to see if it says anything.
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Probably a good idea to check owners manual, saw this video and had a few responses saying to not jack vehicle up. I Have never jacked any vehicle to grease the kingpins as I recall. keep in mind this guy is quoting a mechanic whom we do not anything about .
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Here is what Meritor indicates is the best way to grease their King Pins.


http://www.benlee.com/pdf/_component...cation-mm1.pdf

page 81, King Pin Bushings Step #1, #2
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