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#22875 of 23397 Chassis Lubrication (Lube Job)
Jul 21, 2007 (11:43 am)
I've heard and read contradictions about correct lube technique but they aren't Jeep owners. I'd prefer to hear fellow Wrangler owners' opinions on proper chassis lubrication. I have been driving my Wrangler off-road on sand dunes here in Michigan and after I come home from playing in the "sandbox", I'd like to know what places I should hit to minimize sand grit damage in the wrong places over time...figure it's the same for anyone offroading their vehicles in most off-road conditions, too.
I've got a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited with 22,000 miles and I'm using Pennzoil Premium Wheel Bearing 707L Red Grease because its spec. sheet meets/exceeds manufacturer specifications in the user manual.
1 - Should I pump in the grease until I see the rubber cover start to expand or is that already too much if it starts to expand?
2 - Should I keep pumping until I see some old grease come out from somewhere?
3 - Should I keep pumping until I see new grease come out to indicate I've "flushed-out" the old grease?
4 - How many zerks should I be finding on the front end of a Wrangler?
5 - Are there any zerks in the rear end I need to lubricate?
6 - Are there any places I need to grease that don't have zerks and you just have to rub it on?
7 - I see zerks on top and bottom of the front wheel hubs/knuckles where the axle connects to them...I squeezed some grease into those but in hind-sight wondered if those are the "wheel bearing" zerks and I shouldn't have done that.
Thanks for any help.
#22876 of 23397 Re: Chassis Lubrication (Lube Job) [jimlw2]
Jul 22, 2007 (6:42 am)
Nobody? Oh well.......
1 - I usually pump until it expands, then give it two or three more depending on the how swollen the boot is.
2 - No, but don't worry if grease does come out. Just stop pumping at that point.
3 - No, because it's not flushing all the old grease out, just lifting the boot at its weakest point.
4 - Seven (from memory).
5 - No.
6 - Not really. You can grease handbrake and t/case linkages if you want, but it will retain dirt/grit and may do more harm than good.
7 - Those zerks are for the joints and not the wheel bearings (which are sealed). You were correct to lube them.
Occasionally you'll find 'u' joints that have been replaced with one that have a zerk. If so, then grease them until it starts to come past the seals. Same applies if you find zerks in the slip joints on the propshafts.
Don't worry about a boot splitting when you're pumping. It just means the boot was at the end of its life anyway, and better it splits when you can see it rather than on the road when you can't.
#22877 of 23397 Re: Summer Day [embeeduece]
Jul 23, 2007 (5:48 am)
Turkey Bay, wheeling with 30+ Jeeps, doors off, family with you, no carnage, no injuries...
It may be great in soCal, but you sure can't beat wheeling in the forested hills near a beautiful lake on a GREAT summer weekend!
#22878 of 23397 Re: Chassis Lubrication (Lube Job) [mac24]
Jul 23, 2007 (7:56 am)
Thanks for response, Mac...I really appreciate it. I'm such a DIY vehicle novice that I feel uncertain on such things and hope common sense will prevail but I've learned MY common sense is uncommon and results in me showing I'm a moron on topics that are basic to everyone else.
If I experience the boot splitting like you mention, must I replace it immediately and if so, is it a big job to DIY?
#22879 of 23397 Re: Chassis Lubrication (Lube Job) [jimlw2]
Jul 23, 2007 (12:46 pm)
The boot fulfils two functions. It both retains the grease in and around the joint, and it protects the joint from the ingress of contaminants.
If the joint is several years old, and the length of time that the boot has been split is undetermined, then it makes sense to replace the entire joint even if its not currently showing signs of wear.
However, if you split the boot of an unworn joint while greasing, the boot can be safely changed to prolong the joint's life. Unless you plan on driving on the beach or in deep mud, you can probably leave it until a time that's more convenient.
The hardest part of changing the boot is usually locating the replacement.
#22880 of 23397 Re: Just placed an order [tsjay]
Jul 23, 2007 (1:31 pm)
Not sure just when... Called up and found out that the order is in "BX" status (passed edit available for schedule). I honestly don't expect it for 3 months, but the sooner it gets here the better.
Jul 23, 2007 (4:57 pm)
does anyone know where the sirius antenna is run if it is pre-installed at the factory? also, is it a cable antenna? thanks!
#22882 of 23397 4 wheel 'Jeepin' in North Florida
Jul 29, 2007 (5:28 pm)
We recently moved to Jacksonville from Northern VA. I used to enjoy offroading near Leesburg, VA but find that short of the beaches south of St. Augustine, there doesn't seem to be many places to go offroading.
I know that hills and steep climbs are out of the question in the flatlands, but anyone have any good suggestions of where to go near the Jacksonville area? My 03 Wrangler Sahara is itching to get off the asphalt!
#22883 of 23397 Re: Just placed an order [cwdobber]
Jul 29, 2007 (8:53 pm)
O.K. - so, now I am jealous....
Do you, or anyone else know, if Daimler Chrysler offers a friends and family program like GM does? Is the affiliate rewards program Chrysler's version? Is there any way non-affiliate people can get this kind of pricing??? Wishful thinking????......
#22884 of 23397 Re: Just placed an order [britt22]
Jul 30, 2007 (6:07 am)
I'm employed by a company that is a supplier to Daimler Chrysler, that's how I was able to use the affiliate rewards program. I don't know of any other DCX offers. Your best bet is to negotiate a good deal for yourself. Good Luck!