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Old 10-24-2011, 10:21 AM   #1
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Why No Grease Fittings?

Back in the day......the chasis all had grease fittings so we could maintain our vehicles. Climbed under my jeep to have a look at what might be causing my shimmy at 55-60mph and couldn't believe there were no grease fittings. WTH?

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Old 10-24-2011, 10:37 AM   #2
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There haven't been many used on new cars for a long time. It has been about 15 years since they were in common use by domestic manufacturers.

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Old 10-24-2011, 11:51 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by oilwell1415 View Post
There haven't been many used on new cars for a long time. It has been about 15 years since they were in common use by domestic manufacturers.
I had an AMC (1965) vehicle. It didn't have grease fittings.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:59 AM   #4
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Just modify your jeep--you can addem, if you wantem !

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Old 10-24-2011, 12:02 PM   #5

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Old 10-24-2011, 12:05 PM   #6
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I believe the first major Auto Manufacturer to use "Zerk" free joints was Ford . Back in the early 60's they started producing "Lifetime Molybdenum Lubed" Ball and socket joints in suspensions. Worked well until the rubber boots deteriorated and let water and dirt in. It was also said that grease-able fittings allowed dirt to enter the joint and wear it. Saved a lot of money for the manufacturers and made a lot in replacements. In my opinion being able to grease these with quality grease will make them last a long long time as well as purging any water when greased. Many quality replacements still use grease fittings.
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:35 PM   #7
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so other than aftermarket parts (track bars, flex arms, etc.) there are no spots on the (2011 JKU) jeep that need to be greased?

I just want to make sure I am maintaining properly when I change oil.
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:37 PM   #8
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Correct. There are no stock grease fittings.

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Old 10-24-2011, 05:21 PM   #9
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speaking of which....

I've had enough annoyance with the squeaky front sway bar. Found a way to fix it. Temporarily.

Squirt penetrating oil into the bushing/sway bar contact point. That stopped it on mine for a while.

Repetitive treatments led to being convinced find a way to grease the bearing surface of the sway bar would do it permanently.

My local front-end guy said it would work. He loosened the bushings, slipped them to the side, and lubed the spot where they worked together.

Made it absolutely quiet.....for about a day. The next morning it was squeaky-creaky again, but not as bad.

It's been 2 weeks now, and results have been about 50/50. Some days no squeak at all, other days more than I like but less than there was.

Now they are trying to sell me a pair of fashionable-fit split bushings he can more easily access to grease any time necessary.

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