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Old 01-18-2019, 03:03 PM   #1
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Greasing suspension?

How often should the suspension be greased?
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Old 01-18-2019, 05:18 PM   #2
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Pretty sure the recommendation is every 5K. If in doubt-grease it. Just be sure to wipe off the squeeze out.
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Old 01-19-2019, 06:25 AM   #3
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If traveling on dirt roads a lot, I would do it more frequently.

I did mine before and right after our trip to Yukon, Alaska, NWT with about 1000 miles of dirt/gravel/mud. Most grease bolts were clogged and had to be removed to be clean out.
Normally (going down to Florida and back), I just do it once a year and there's few if any clogged bolts.
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Old 01-19-2019, 07:07 AM   #4
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Pretty sure my Dexter owners manual says every 3000 miles.
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Old 01-19-2019, 08:15 AM   #5
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Two of my fittings were installed incorrectly at the factory....cannot pump grease into them. The grease holes are out of position inside.

I have to jack the suspension up and then grease flows into the fitting.

I do mine once a year when checking the brakes and bearings.
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Old 01-19-2019, 10:12 AM   #6
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You need to jack the suspension any way to get grease to flow properly around all the bolts. And replacing the zirks with Right angle zirks makes it a much easier job too.
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Why trailer bearings have to be re-packed every year is still a mystery to me.
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Old 01-19-2019, 11:03 AM   #8
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We are on the road 6 months every year. I do our's every time I change the oil. 2X a year.
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If I your going for a short trip each year once per year might be just fine. We traveled 23K miles this last year. A few states like Utah and Nevada had really nice roads. I didnít feel compelled to grease as often. Manitoba, BLM washboard roads and such I greased more often. I actually took time in the middle of several day trips to grease the suspension. If I put a number to it it might be every 600 miles on rough roads and 1K miles on nice highways. Keeping it greased, much like my tractor wonít hurt, not having enough fresh grease will hurt.
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Why trailer bearings have to be re-packed every year is still a mystery to me.
I repacked the axle bearings last July just before the westward part of our trip. It was the first service since picking up the trailer. It was a good thing I did this maintenance as the left rear grease cap had NO dust cover. yup another faux pax from the factory. So later in October when I serviced the bearings and brakes, one of the bearings needed to be replaced, yup the one that had no dust cover.
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What are you folks using for grease. Guess it's time for me to go out and buy a grease gun. Newbie question - are zirk fittings truly universal - can I buy any grease gun?

Thanks in advance.
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What are you folks using for grease. Guess it's time for me to go out and buy a grease gun. Newbie question - are zirk fittings truly universal - can I buy any grease gun?

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Since your Canadian I use Motomaster Synthetic grease from Canadian Tire on the trailer suspension as well as the u-joints on the Tundra. The grease zerks are standard size. Also get yourself a flexible hose.

First though make sure you RV suspension has wet bolts for greasing. Many don't.

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Any grease gun will work. I use one with a flexible hose so I can reach some of the harder to reach spots. I just use an all purpose grease. I believe it is lithium based. This is on the suspension zerks, on the bearings I use a red bearing grease made for trailer bearings.
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Why trailer bearings have to be re-packed every year is still a mystery to me.
I think that comes from boat trailers that get submerged at times.
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