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Old 06-14-2016, 11:15 AM   #1
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Help from Ram 2500 owners... please

I have a '14 Ram 2500 Crew Cab 4X4. I've looked several times for places to grease my front end and I can't find a grease zerk fitting anywhere. I've watched videos of a guy using a needle to grease a U-joint in the front drive shaft. Mine doesn't have the same drive shaft, apparently. I can find nowhere to pump grease into this truck's front end workings. Am I missing anything?

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Old 06-14-2016, 12:02 PM   #2
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Yes you are missing something. I had the same issue finding mine, until I got in there with a flashlight, a rag and a pair of needle nose pliers.

The fitting you are looking is not a zerk. It's a little silver fitting with a ball in the center, located inside the u joint knuckle nearest the transfer case. Rotate the shaft until you can access the inside of the u joint and using the needle nose, use the rag to clean out any gunk in there. If that doesn't expose it, rotate the shaft 180 degrees. That little bugger is in there.

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Old 06-15-2016, 12:58 PM   #3
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To add to the above- you will see (barely) an indent indicating the location. It's miserable. Be prepared to wear some grease if you don't get the needle seated correctly.
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Old 06-16-2016, 10:27 AM   #4
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Mine gets lubed by the dealer every oil change.
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Old 06-16-2016, 01:04 PM   #5
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You sure?
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:11 AM   #7
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I suppose they don't even change the oil either. Seriously? Not every dealership is bad. Give me a break. The dealership I go to has treated me more fairly than any other and I didn't even buy the truck from them .
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Old 06-20-2016, 03:01 AM   #8
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Listen... I have an earlier truck with the same issue.. I can tell you that on my truck.. to grease that ball on those 2 u-joints requires ME to remove the drive shaft from the transfer case... and rotate the shaft at a strange angle to get the tool into that little ball and actually get grease into that joint...

I also know that when that joint fails and you need to service that front shaft... its close to a $300 bill... I'd bet the guys in the quick lube shops and the dealer service bays don't bother...

I do mine every 15K miles...
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I had to take the driveshaft off the truck to find this darn fitting too... Its a bear! I put some white paint around it once located so I could find it again on the truck!
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While on my latest trip out west, I blew out the front pinion seal (45k miles) and when I took it in to be repaired, I asked if they had to remove the front driveline to do the fix and sure enough they did. So I requested they shoot plenty of grease into that very fitting while it was off the truck. The service writer got back with me later and claimed there was no grease fitting on the front driveline (heard that one before) so I educated him and said there is a sticker under the hood on the driver's side that will lead him to the location. He actually said it's the first he's ever heard of it.... and mine is a 2013 model. That is exactly why I do my own oil changes and fuel filter changes. Oil gets changed June 1 and December 1 and I jack up the front end so I can rotate the wheel until I can find that miserable little fitting. It's not the easiest thing to grease and hard to tell how much is actually going in. I just pump away until I see it coming out the back side.

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