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Old 04-22-2018, 02:31 PM   #1
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Automatic Greasing System

Has anybody looked into the feasibility and cost of installing an automatic greasing system similar to those now being used in the trucking industry? Apparantly all the grease nipples are replaced with direct lines to a grease dispensing system that applies grease automatically at pre-determined intervals. A monitor is installed in dash area and the system warns you when reservoir needs to be replenished and presumably eliminates the need to have all these grease jobs done for every component except drive shaft. This sounded very interesting to me and I am guessing that it may be cost prohibitive given the limited number of times we need to do this work but maybe not.
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As someone who get under the coach and greases all the zerk fittings I can truthfully say that most people over grease their coach. Early on, I greased the chassis yearly then over time I switched to every 2 years and now I'm at every 3 years. At the 3 year interval, the grease cups and other components are still pretty much full of grease.

Most service centers say to grease the chassis once a year. Kind of like Jiffy lube telling you to change your oil every 3,000 miles. It's pure profit in their pocket and way overkill.

An automatic grease system is cost prohibitive in that you can buy a whole bunch of manual grease jobs for WAY less than what an automatic system will cost you.
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Old 04-22-2018, 03:53 PM   #3
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I suspect you are right LJowdy. Just wondering though what one might typically cost.
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As someone who get under the coach and greases all the zerk fittings I can truthfully say that most people over grease their coach. Early on, I greased the chassis yearly then over time I switched to every 2 years and now I'm at every 3 years. At the 3 year interval, the grease cups and other components are still pretty much full of grease.

Most service centers say to grease the chassis once a year. Kind of like Jiffy lube telling you to change your oil every 3,000 miles. It's pure profit in their pocket and way overkill.

An automatic grease system is cost prohibitive in that you can buy a whole bunch of manual grease jobs for WAY less than what an automatic system will cost you.
The purpose of greasing yearly is to flush out the water and contaminate filled grease, while replacing with new.

This is more important in the king pins then the other tighter sealed tie rod ends.

OTR trucks put thousands of miles on the chassis yearly. Most RVs don't travel enough to warrant the expense or an automatic lube system.

There are also single point lube systems where all greasing points are in a block. The fittings are typically marked how many strokes each gets, so your not under or over greasing it. Again this may be more trouble then its worth, running the lines to the components.

Getting under there and looking things over, while greasing, isn't a bad thing either.
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If you’re ever around a truck with the automatic systems, you’ll see a huge mess. Unfortunately the grease gets everywhere and grease naturally collects dirt. Not very easy to clean up.

I grease mine once a year and that’s probably too much but it gives me an excuse to crawl under the coach and look for problems
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I never thought about over greasing the chassis. I generally grease mine once a year.
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I owned a truck with the automatic "greasing" system. It's not grease, it's oil and it works very well. But you still have to crawl under your vehicle to grease the drive line, brakes, and a few others. If you park on a nice new concrete driveway like mine you'd soon regret installing the system. It's really not necessary. I do recommend doing your own greasing or at the very least, when you hire someone to grease your rig, tell them to count the fittings they greased. You should know what the correct number is.
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Well I guess I'll stay with the existing system of manually greasing. Thanks for the replies.
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I worked as a diesel mechanic on 18 wheelers for 4 years. Those automatic greasing systems just plain don't work and were a constant source of trouble unless we disconnected them and installed zerk fittings.
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