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ib516

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Posted: 03/14/12 09:29am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You know that infamous little grease fitting we Dodge/Ram owners are always trying to lube on the front drive shaft? Well, it's such a pain, I am planning on removing the driveshaft to accomplish the task, and ensure it is done right. Sounds like a good plan for a Saturday afternoon. Anyway, if you're thinking the same thing, here is an excellent write up I found, complete with good quality photos, on how to R+R the front driveshaft and get everything lubed up as it should be.

ENJOY!

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I thought that fitting was mythical...I've certainly never found it on my truck! [emoticon]



I jest...mine's 2WD...[emoticon]


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Posted: 03/14/12 09:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did that very thing to grease my front drive shaft. Imagine my surprise when we could not find any zerk anywhere on the shaft, u-jts. etc. Put it back and all is well at 100k miles.

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If you have a diesel, I would caution on using those stamped steel ramps. I crushed one with my '04 PSD. Now I use serious jackstands. Also there is an adapter for grease guns that use what is called a needle(from my aircraft maintenance days) that you can fit into that small grease recepticle without disassemlby. But greasing that spline is a very good idea. You can buy the proper metal clamping straps and the tool needed at good auto supply shops.
BTW, be careful greasing your "female" splines. [emoticon] Might be illegal in some states


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Posted: 03/14/12 10:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I gave up. Even if I had the needle I still can't see where the tiny little hole is with my reading glasses on.
On edit nice link IB. At least I know there is indeed a hole in there somewhere. [emoticon]

* This post was edited 03/14/12 11:03am by an administrator/moderator *


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Posted: 03/14/12 11:01am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Had one of these on my 1973 K5 Blazer and remembered that there were several
threads here on that type of grease fitting.

I've found many covered with old grease, road grim, etc

Found one thread:

The Phantom Grease Fitting

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Suggest you look for one of these for your grease gun...mine has a
rubber tip, but either that or the one pictured should do

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* This post was edited 04/24/12 05:50pm by BenK *


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Posted: 03/14/12 11:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 4" needle, exactly like the one BenK posted a picture of, I even "custom" bent it to get in there. Still once you let one tiny bit of grease slip by, it covers the opening, and you're back to poking a screwdriver/rag in there to try to clean it off so you can see where you're trying to grease, and it happens again. I walk away a bit frustrated never knowing if I got grease in there or not.

At least this way, I will know it's done right.

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rick83864 wrote:

I gave up. Even if I had the needle I still can't see where the tiny little hole is with my reading glasses on.
On edit nice link IB. At least I know there is indeed a hole in there somewhere. [emoticon]

It's there. It's as hard to find as hen's teeth, but it's there.

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Capt Skup wrote:

If you have a diesel, I would caution on using those stamped steel ramps. I crushed one with my '04 PSD. Now I use serious jackstands. Also there is an adapter for grease guns that use what is called a needle(from my aircraft maintenance days) that you can fit into that small grease recepticle without disassemlby. But greasing that spline is a very good idea. You can buy the proper metal clamping straps and the tool needed at good auto supply shops.

Yes, good point. I have those ramps, but only the minivan climbs up on them. I'm sure Megacasper would crush them.

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A guy posted about ruining some of his bolts, not knowing about the Loc-Tite. Takes heat to release the red, I don't know about blue. Have fun.


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