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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-08-2003, 03:41 PM
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does anyone know hos to lubricate the spindal...

does anyone know how to lubricate the spindal needle bearings? on our full size broncos? thanks!
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Re: does anyone know hos to lubricate the spindal...

i took a quick glance this morning and did not see a grease zerk??? are these sealed?
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Re: does anyone know hos to lubricate the spindal...

Gotta pull the spindle.
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Re: does anyone know hos to lubricate the spindal...

They do have a seal against the knuckle, but they are not "sealed" and so require period lube. As Lookin' stated, you have to pull the spindle to get to those needle bearings. And on your '96, that will also mean taking the 2 little bolts out that hold your ABS sensor in place. Have you seen/done that before?
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Re: does anyone know hos to lubricate the spindal...

If you suspect the bearing of being damaged, definitely take the time to disassemble & replace it; it only costs ~$16/side for the bearing & seal kit.

If you just want to prevent damage, you can make a tool like this to lube the spindle. I'd like to, but I just haven't gotten around to it. Instead of all the machining he suggests, you can just weld a tube to an old (or new) wheel bearing nut, block off the end, and install a zerk.

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Re: does anyone know hos to lubricate the spindal...

Could you please expand on this issue? i dont understand how this tool will lube the spindal needle bearings? thanks for everyone's help i am new to all this but i want to learn. thanks!
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Re: does anyone know hos to lubricate the spindal...

A zerk won't work up there. It's not like a boat trailer without brakes. The heat generated by your brakes would cause all that grease to expand (try totally stuffing all the open area in there with grease sometime and you will see what I'm talking about) and you will have grease getting all over the place. Nuff Said.
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Re: does anyone know hos to lubricate the spindal...

does anyone know what ford used? or what people use in lieu of regular grease?
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Re: does anyone know hos to lubricate the spindal...

The house brand fully synthetic grease at Canadian Tire is what I use

It seems to resist being displaced by water better than standard greases. Also, I know you guys must be getting P.O'd by now with my recommendations for all the Mopar products I use, but that's what I know and they work and they're a darn sight cheaper to buy than any comparable HD Ford product. I get mechanic's prices at both dealerships and Mopar stuff is whole lot less per product.

Anyway, they make an extreme duty wheel bearing grease for fleet use that has never failed me and doesn't look like molasses when you get around to changing it years later. If the parts tool at your local Dodge dealer isn't aware of it, ask for the Mopar lubricants brochure/catalog. It's about 15 pages and it is pretty impressive what's available. Once you have the part numbers, your local tool can order it for you.

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Re: does anyone know hos to lubricate the spindal...

It's just a Ford spec regular grease. They used nothing special. The only time a manuf. will ever use something real good, is if they are charging you a real good price for what you're purchasing...i.e. HP cars like the corvette get synthetics, etc. because you are paying for it anyway.

As Six Litre said, a good quality synthetic I think is your best bet. Spend time cleaning everything up real good, replace anything that appears worn or damaged, reassemble carefully using the proper amounts of synthetic grease and you'll be good to go, as long as you stay out of deep water. Go in deep water and you have to check to see if ya got contamination! [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] This is where sealing is very important. If it leaked some in, time to clean er up again.
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