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Old 06-25-2015, 05:08 PM   #1
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Lubrication of steering column Monaco

Would like to know if important to grease the u-joints on the steering column. I can access one of them but not the other or the spline
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Old 06-25-2015, 05:18 PM   #2
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If it has a grease fitting then is should be greased. If is does not then no grease is necessary. Actually grease on some rubber parts can cause them to breakdown.

I've seen a lot of vehicles from underneath and actually have not seen a greasable SC fitting. But then again I've not seen a lot of heavy trucks either. Like I said if it has a grease fitting then grease it.

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I usually have to turn the wheel to get the u-joint in a specific location in order to get the grease gun on it. Considering how many times the wheel is turned it it important to grease the steering column.
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Gary...one is down low and easily done, the second one is done by sliding the generator out and reaching in to get the middle one. The third one requires that you take the boot off from around the steering column on the inside, 4 screws.
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Gary...one is down low and easily done, the second one is done by sliding the generator out and reaching in to get the middle one. The third one requires that you take the boot off from around the steering column on the inside, 4 screws.

Don, I have heard about a grease fitting on the inside, but I recently took off the plastic shroud to replace the carpet and could not find any grease fittings!
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If it has a grease fitting then is should be greased. If is does not then no grease is necessary. Actually grease on some rubber parts can cause them to breakdown.
I've seen a lot of vehicles from underneath and actually have not seen a greasable SC fitting. But then again I've not seen a lot of heavy trucks either. Like I said if it has a grease fitting then grease it.
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There is usually a boot inside the coach at the base of the steering column to allow access to the upper zert fitting. It's not critical, but a good idea to lube it.
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Joe...I don't know if your year model is different, but my 05 had it. I only lubed the interior fitting about every third service. I looks like a small u joint.
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thanks for the reply Don and Mary. I can get to the lower u-joint and it did have a fitting but a non split cover circles the upper u-joint. I can feel around the u-joint but don't feel a fitting and it looks a bit different than the lower so thinking maybe it is greased for life? Can not see a third fitting. I think I will pull into an RV shop and ask. My owners manual says 3 fittings are there but no one has come inside my coach during the 4 services I have had done since buying the rig and I am curious. Like Tejay mentioned if there is a fitting there I would like it to get attention.
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While lubing the steering is a pain in the back side, it still is something that needs to be done. I lube ours, when I take the MH out of winter storage and getting it ready for the summer.
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Joe...I don't know if your year model is different, but my 05 had it. I only lubed the interior fitting about every third service. I looks like a small u joint.

I saw the u-joint but didn't see a grease fitting. I'll take another look at it. Thanks!
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thanks for the reply Don and Mary. I can get to the lower u-joint and it did have a fitting but a non split cover circles the upper u-joint. I can feel around the u-joint but don't feel a fitting and it looks a bit different than the lower so thinking maybe it is greased for life? Can not see a third fitting. I think I will pull into an RV shop and ask. My owners manual says 3 fittings are there but no one has come inside my coach during the 4 services I have had done since buying the rig and I am curious. Like Tejay mentioned if there is a fitting there I would like it to get attention.
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There should be a ujoint down below where it meets the steering box, and another ujoint under the steering wheel surround. Immediately below the floor under the coach will be a slip joint, and it does look completely different than the ujoint. That slip joint should have a grease fitting and it rotates with the steering shaft. If you search hard enough you should find it.
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I saw the u-joint but didn't see a grease fitting. I'll take another look at it. Thanks!
Joe,
I can't imagine that ujoint not having a grease zerk. You may have to rotate the steering wheel to see it.
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