How to fill ball joints with no grease fitting.

Posted by Scuba_Steve, Apr 29, 2010

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  1. Scuba_Steve

    Scuba_Steve Proven Member

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    Do you just fill the boot with grease, then slip it on?
     

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  2. GRAVEDIGGER

    GRAVEDIGGER Proven Member

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    I guess you could do that, but normally they are just nongreasable. If they don't have a grease fitting then you can't grease them.
     
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  3. Scuba_Steve

    Scuba_Steve Proven Member

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    They came with the boot detached. There is no grease at all in them.
     
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  4. GRAVEDIGGER

    GRAVEDIGGER Proven Member

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    I would just put some grease in there and put them together.:thumb:
     
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  5. pur97tsifwd

    pur97tsifwd Proven Member

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    they make a fitting that you can put on a grease gun that will slip in the top or bottom of the rubber boot and insert grease on the ball joint you might have to take the nut off. This is after the ball joint is installed.
     
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  6. ramsack

    ramsack Banned Member

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    Those needles for grease guns are for tiny tiny grease fittings, such as those you find on small heim joints, not injecting grease into a boot. If the joint doesn't have a fitting, you are never going to get grease to go into it. Joints that are meant to be greased have clearance for the grease and channels in the socket to allow grease to flow around it. I'm afraid you are SOL.
     
  7. snowborder714

    snowborder714 Moderator

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    When I installed a new OEM boot on my eBay compression arm a weekend or two ago, I just slathered grease in/around the ball joint and then put the boot on.
     
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  8. JusMX141

    JusMX141 Moderator

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    I've always drilled, tapped, and installed my own fittings in the non-greaseable tie rod ends on DSMs; never been faced with changing a ball joint on my own yet (dealer replaced the last ones under recall), but they would get drilled and tapped as well.
     
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  9. bjmauck

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    I say drill and tap or just use the grease needle.
     
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  10. 2slow4now

    2slow4now Freelancer

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    Ok I like the drill and tap idea but how do you know you get all the shavings out?
    I have done that with different bearing housings before but the bearings were removable. No chance of contamination. maybe run a vacuum right at the point of drilling and taping but I still don't know.
     
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  11. cutty2fast

    cutty2fast Proven Member

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    thats what i was about to say LOL it dont matter just drill a hole in it and screw in a zerk fitting!
     
  12. gieri002

    gieri002 Proven Member

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    yup you just use the needle....
     
  13. ricktb

    ricktb Proven Member

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    I say drive the thing until the ball joint becomes loose, then replace these whole assembly.. will come pre-lubed and ready to install from the factory. Good to go for another 100K
     
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  14. Rummy636

    Rummy636 Proven Member

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    to keep the shavings out, put some thick grease on the drill and tap in the grooves. the shavings will stick to the grease and keep most of the shavings from entering the ball joint.
     
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