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#1 aevansgatech OFFLINE  

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Posted December 30, 2014 - 07:29 PM

So I want to grease my '91 Ford YT 16H and it has grease fittings. I will purchase a grease gun and it seems simple enough.

 

My question is if it's necessary to completely take things apart to clean/remove old grease or should I just go for it by adding new grease into the fittings?

 

 


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Posted December 30, 2014 - 07:32 PM

Just go for it and pump grease till you start to see grease coming out of any openings. There are some items where they have seals and you don't want to pump a bunch of grease out past the seals. For the most part though on our tractors you should be good with pumping till you see grease coming out. 


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Posted December 30, 2014 - 07:42 PM

The purpose of grease fittings is so you can frequently pump fresh grease in and push the old dirt and grease out.

Just keep pumping until you see some oozing out the sides of the area your greasing.


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Posted December 30, 2014 - 07:53 PM

Don't go crazy and have grease all over. It collects dirt and grit and grinds it into the bushing. Wipe off the excess.
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Posted December 30, 2014 - 08:48 PM

couple of other zerk tips,,,,  Sometimes they get painted over and will stick the little ball in the tip up, not letting the grease though. Just scrap off the end. Actually you should always take a rag and clean off the zerk so you don't push new dirt into it while greasing. Another thing that happens is the old grease gets hard inside the zerk and wont take any new grease. Most zerks will unscrew and you can take a small pin and clean out the back side. There are 3 kinds of zerks found on most machines, bolt threaded ones, pipe threaded ones and drive in ones. Just make sure you get the correct one if you have to replace it.


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Posted December 30, 2014 - 09:00 PM

Just put the grease to them, but clean the nipples first as mentioned. Put grease in every other month or so to keep things fresh. Lube the steering gear to while your at it. Helps to stop wear some and easier to steer. Jack up the front so you can turn the steering while your greasing it. Covers the king pins better and can get at the wheel nipples easier too. Noel
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Posted December 30, 2014 - 09:12 PM

Thanks for the tips everyone. My brother got me a tractor supply gift card so I'll put it to good use and my goal is to grease the tractor by this weekend!
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Posted December 31, 2014 - 03:44 AM

Back when dirt was new, I was taught to pump until you saw the NEW grease coming out, not just any grease.


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Posted December 31, 2014 - 05:19 AM

Back when dirt was new, I was taught to pump until you saw the NEW grease coming out, not just any grease.

So, you're older than dirt?


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Posted December 31, 2014 - 01:23 PM

Back when dirt was new, I was taught to pump until you saw the NEW grease coming out, not just any grease.

 

Dirt must not be as old as we thought, then, because I was taught the same way.  :thumbs:

 

That's the way I do it when I am flushing out the joint.  Especially if something hasn't be greased for some time or played around in the mud and got filthy dirty.  However, otherwise all I do is grease until something starts moving.  We're just trying to pack the bearing surfaces.

 

Ben W.


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Posted January 11, 2015 - 01:24 PM

Finally got around to greasing up the old Ford. Found a total of 6 fittings on the YT (2 front wheels, and 4 front suspension). I didn't see any on the rear

Had fun and didn't completely freeze in the garage
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Posted January 11, 2015 - 07:27 PM

It is amazing to see how little grease is in one of the "non-greaseable" bearings that most of the manufactures are using theses days.  Most golf course maintenance equipment is using these bearings and I have seen them last for hundreds of hours over a couple of years.



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Posted January 13, 2015 - 03:47 PM

It was also amazing how much of a difference I felt in being able to turn the dang thing. I'd say it takes 25% less effort to turn the steering wheel now!




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