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Type Of Grease To Use In Grease Gun

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by unkledaddy, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. unkledaddy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2006
    Posts: 2,865


    Does anyone know of a particular brand or type of grease that won't drip oil out of ball-joints, u-joints, tie-rod ends, grease fittings, etc?

    I've noticed that my grease gun that hangs on the shop walll when not in use drips oil from the nozzle tip and pump plunger.

    It appears that the base oil is separating from the thickener and running out, whether it's still in the tube or has been applied. I asked the guy at the parts store if I could get a thicker grease, but left him scratching his ass.

    I'm presently using Valvoline multi-purpose grease (Chrysler, Ford, GM and Japanese). I've heard of using marine grease but want to double-check with the HAMB before doing anything.

    Thanks guys.
  2. ssimpala
    Joined: Jan 25, 2011
    Posts: 121


    Tractor Supply sells a cheap "Traveller" brand multi purpose lithium grease that seems some better than most. I use it on the farm and like it.
  3. wrench9
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 39

    from Canada

    I use to use a multi task grease in my U joints and tie rod ends but was having a lot of failure like the grease was breaking down. I switched to a wheel bearing grease I use it for all tie rod and U joints the failure rate dropped to almost nil. I have been doing this for 10 plus years now no problems.
  4. Vimtage Iron
    Joined: Feb 28, 2010
    Posts: 548

    Vimtage Iron

    I like 223 casings in my grease gun.
    Kidding aside, that is standard procedure for a grease gun, is that a little oil will seep out around the end cap, the handle side and sometimes out of the fitting, most all greases will fling out of u-joints and seep out of tie rod ends nothing you can do about that.

  5. cowboy.3d
    Joined: Mar 8, 2009
    Posts: 109

    from Austin TX

    I have a large stash of Phil Wood grease that I am using up after selling my bike shop. The old lady likes the KY though!
  6. farmboat
    Joined: Aug 13, 2006
    Posts: 287

    from Lucas, KY

    Use better grease I use the Chevron Industrial red
  7. oldcarfart
    Joined: Apr 12, 2005
    Posts: 1,437


    Disc brake grease can be used on drum brakes but drum brake grease not good enough for disc brakes, both greases good for chassis, etc. Do not use cheap grease as it will wash out and fails to provide adequate film strength.
  8. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,164


    Just don't mix lithium based with hitemp grease that uses fire clay as a carrier I've be told it will cause a reaction and will set up like concrete.
  9. 48 Chubby
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,014

    48 Chubby
    Member Emeritus

    I've been using Mobil One synthetic grease (some body gave me case for free), and I like it. Doesn't seem to weep out of the grease gun either.
  10. unkledaddy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2006
    Posts: 2,865


    Really.........and what kind of grease gun? :eek:
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2011
  11. Al Von
    Joined: Nov 19, 2005
    Posts: 257

    Al Von

    Well THAT explains a couple of things.....

    The tie rods, ball joints and greaseable sway bar bushings on my DD are gummed up. The zerks actually broke on a few things because the grease hardened. GGRRRRR!

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