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Old 06-06-2016, 10:34 AM   #1
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Tag axle grease

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Greasing the chassis yesterday, came across a zerk I've obviously never hit in the past, cause I didn't have room to get my grease gun tip onto it. It's up close to the brake plate, and points straight at the axle. A regular 2" grease gun tip, doesn't have room to get straight on the zerk.
Wondering what folk are doing. Replacing these two zerks with angled ones, or mabe using right angled grease gun tip's ?
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Easiest and cheapest way is to replace Zerk fitting with 45 or 90* Zerk, whichever works best.
The multi-angle grease gun ends tend to fail quickly, and must be held onto the Zerk. (my experience)
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Ours are lifetime sealed units although that might not be good either!
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Old 06-07-2016, 06:25 AM   #4
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I have one of these and it works great for that problem...
On my coach it states in the manual to only use CLAY BAISED GREASE do to brake heat. That grease has a high temp melt point. Bought the grease and an extra grease gun at Grainger.......

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Thanks guy's. Think I'll replace them with 90* zerks.
Funny enough, I got out the 'Lubrication Guide', and the picture of the tag axle lube points shows a 90* zerk in that position, yet they installed straight zerks !
Dave, it looks like you have had better luck with that 90* grease gun tip, than the one person whom wrote a review of it, on that site !!
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Yes 96 Wideglide, my 90 degree tip works well. I have used it for years now. Make sure you check the manual for the type of grease to be used on the tag brake fittings, mine uses the clay based grease. Regular grease will melt and get into the brakes making them useless.

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The 'Lubrication Guide' I have is just showing Hi temp lithium soap-base NLGI#2 for those fittings.
Do you have disc brakes on all axles? I think I recall reading in the manual about using a clay based grease on the caliper pins. I only have disc's on the front axle.
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I have disks on the steer and the drive axle and drums on the tag. Yours is newer than mine and they may have updated the manuals with High Temp grease now available that was not in 2004. Would not want to get melted grease into the brakes....

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