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04-04-2013, 12:05 AM #1
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ball joint boots
I wanted to pump some grease into the ball joint and tie rods with my grease gun but found what looked to me like years of old grease and dirt mixed in next to the boots and all around the zirk fittings. I spent well over an hour chipping the old stuff off and making sure none if the ball joints had failed and that there was no play. Everything was fine until I went to pump new grease in. I would get one or two pumps in then it would start spewing out of a little hole on the boot. Are these holes there for a reason and if they are damaged, is there a way to get a new boot or am I going to have to get new ball joints?
04-04-2013, 09:10 PM #2
Hole is not supposed to be there, they will have to be replaced to correct the issue. It's not really a safety issue unless the ball joint has play though. Mine are doing the same thing...just waiting until they become a bigger problem before I worry about it.Opiewho
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04-04-2013, 09:15 PM #3
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04-04-2013, 09:23 PM #4
a old trick is to pierce a hole in boot,to enter in grease on an otherwise hard to pump in zerk,sometimes you have to crank steering wheel to diff. location to introduce the lube,not the worst thing,keep after the lube and you will be fine for a good while,do check with a bar of some sort for side play on upper and lower ball joints,if uppers are loose,check pricing on ball joint and ball joint/upper control arm assy. mine were rusty,so i did the latter
07-10-2013, 02:57 AM #5
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if your ball point rusty you have need to replace it, becauseit is very important for good performance of vehicle.it prevents the loss of lubricants and contamination.These Energy Suspension components resist damage from rocks, sand, water, road salt, and oils, and add a colorful touch to your vehicle.
07-10-2013, 01:21 PM #6
if the ball joints are still good, then the hole is not an immediate issue. Just keep clean grease in there, so check it more often.David
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08-22-2013, 09:07 PM #7
The proper way to lube a ball joint, tie rod ends inner and outer is to pump until you see the boot swell a little. Don't pump until you see grease. On my truck being an 03 my boots are all cracked. So in my case i pump until i see clean grease and wipe the stuff that spews out. It is messy. But on newer vehicles remember to pump enough just to see the boot swell a little. Like I said I have an 03 haven't changed any steering part other than the pitman arm. I grease every 5000 miles when I change oil. Oh and when you grease universal joints pump until you see fresh grease. It will push out all the moisture and they should last forever, that is after you replace your oem ones when they go bad, oem's are all unservicable. Never poke a hole in a boot because of a finiky zerk fitting to grease that part, replace it. You can however use a needle to grease an unservicable part, i.e. no zerk fitting. You want that boot to last as long as possible to keep contaminates out. Hope this helps.
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