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disneyrv

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Installed dexter wet bolts and heavy duty shackles today on our 5th wheel (well one side anyway). I know they will outlast the thin dry OEM ones. I do have one issue, I can not get the top bolt on each side of the equalizer to take grease. It is not the zerk fitting and I pumped grease in the bolts before installing to make sure they where clear. Anyone have any thoughts?

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Posted: 12/27/11 09:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you place the hole in bolt horizontal when you pressed the bolt in?

Jack each axle up at the frame taking the load off of spring pack and try greasing again.

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Old-Biscuit wrote:

Did you place the hole in bolt horizontal when you pressed the bolt in?

Jack each axle up at the frame taking the load off of spring pack and try greasing again.


The bolts were already pressed into the one of the shackles wiht the hole horizontal; I don't recall if I put them pointing to the back of the trailer or front.

I tried jacking up the axle and the frame in differnt combinations to see if chaning the load made a differnce. Still no grease going in.

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You may have to rotate the bolts with weight off the suspension to get the grease in.


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Chief 2 wrote:

You may have to rotate the bolts with weight off the suspension to get the grease in.


I have read several post about this problem over at the HH Forum. This is how most solved the problem.
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I had the same problem when I installed mine, even though I installed the bolts correctly. Fortunately, when I installed them, I had already slathered grease on them. The next year, when I used the grease gun, they took the grease.

I think sometimes the fit is just a little too tight to get the grease in. All it takes is a very slight amount of wear to straighten it out.


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disneyrv wrote:

Installed dexter wet bolts and heavy duty shackles today on our 5th wheel (well one side anyway). I know they will outlast the thin dry OEM ones. I do have one issue, I can not get the top bolt on each side of the equalizer to take grease. It is not the zerk fitting and I pumped grease in the bolts before installing to make sure they where clear. Anyone have any thoughts?


When you tried them before installing, did the grease go in easily, or did you have to pump hard on the gun to get the grease to go through?


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Posted: 12/28/11 06:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We did a suspension change on 1/2 dozen trailers last year. The first bunch went without a hitch and then we ran into this not taking grease issue. In our case part of the problem was the Zerk fittings. We couldn't get grease through some without a lot of force if at all. And some of the clearances were very tight and it helped to take some weight off. Having said that, you need a really good grease gun that will apply a lot of force and hang on to the Zerk.

Good luck. I know how frustrating it is.


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Duck wrote:

Chief 2 wrote:

You may have to rotate the bolts with weight off the suspension to get the grease in.


I have read several post about this problem over at the HH Forum. This is how most solved the problem.
Don



The bolts have a serration around them that will be damaged if turned after they are pressed in. You might be able to press them out and then turn them, but very doubtful if you can advoid damage to the shackle.


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Just had mine installed and when I tried to add grease I had the same problems with some on mine. I only had about 200 miles on it and was greasing in about 15 degree weather. Hope they will go easier with warmer weather and a few miles. I know they were greased when they were installed so I am not concerned now.


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