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Old 01-16-2011, 12:26 PM   #1
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Zirc Fittings...HELP

Excuse my ignorance on this yall. So I just got done greasing my fittings and I have a few questions that hopefully you can answer:

1. I dont have 7 fittings like most say, I only appear to have 6. It looks like the one I dont have is the track bar/frame joint zirc because I have a Skyjacker track bar that doesnt have any greasable fiitings. Does that sound normal?
2. I think I may have overfilled the fittings because on my drag link/pitman arm joint fitting the grease just oozed out of the bladder and everytime I put pressure on that bladder it oozes out. Also, at the steering tie rod end fittings the bladders are so full they look like overfilled ballons and there are a couple spots where the grease oozed out the bottom of the bladder as I filled them. Am I hosed and this will be a big problem for me?
3. Last, it appears I have 4 more zirc fittings on 2 "arms" that have 2 zirc fittings each, one at either end. I dont know what these "arms" are or if I shoulkd grease them. I dont see any bladders on the zircs to hold grease. I have attached pictures showing these "arms" if someone can help me with these.

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Old 01-16-2011, 12:32 PM   #2
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Its acceptable to have grease ooze out of every bladder except the ball joints. The ball joints should just be greased every 6000k miles until they are firm.

edit: Yes, I'd also grease those control arms. Anything with a zirk fitting gets grease. Jeeps with aftermarket u-joints might need it too.

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Old 01-16-2011, 12:48 PM   #3
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I may have overfilled those ball joint bladders as well. Am I in for big problems with that?
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:57 PM   #4
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also, If I am supposed to grease those control arms how do I know when to stop since there are no bladders, how often do I grease them and will the Mobile 1 Synthetic grease be ok?
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:22 PM   #5
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On your arms the grease will come out the sides when the joint is full, M1 is fine. Grease them when you do the others so you don't forget.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:55 PM   #6
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Thanks! Ill go ahead and grease those control arm zircs. What about overfilling the bladders to the point where pressure on the bladders pushes out grease (including the ball joints), did I screw something up?
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:19 PM   #7
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Yeah you overfilled em it will come out, just don't put so much in next time. If you overfill them too much the bladder rips the grease gets washed out and the joint fails.
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:31 AM   #8
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more questions, sorry:

1. I overfilled my tie rod ends (by wheels), I think because the bladders look like supersized ballons. Will this be ok or is there a way to release some grease, or do I now need to replace those tie rod ends?

2. I noticed I have a pinhole (maybe a little bigger) leak in my drag link tie rod end bladder that oozes out grease with each turn of the steering wheel. Is this typical or do I need to replace that tie rod end now.

3. I have an aftermarket skyjacker track bar that does not appear to have a grease zerk, does that sound right?

4. Lower control arm fittings - was able to grease the fittings closest to the front of the Jeep, but the back fittings were a bear to get to. I had to literally pump like 20 times and still did not see grease come out the sides to let me know I was done. Is this normal? Where did all that grease go?

Man thats the last time I overfill my fittings, problem was I dont think these things were ever maintenanced so I just kept pumping grease in unitl I either saw some ozze out of the other end of the boot (ball joints) or until the bladder looked like the overfilled donut (tie rod ends).
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:59 PM   #10
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If you overfilled the "bladders" don't worry but next time when they start to swell stop. The "bladders" are supposed to hold the grease and seal the joint, if they have burst your just going to have to grease it more often until they wear out and you replace them, as for the comtrol arms grease them untill you see grease coming out of the bushings. If it has a grease zirk it needs grease, simple.
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If you overfilled the "bladders" don't worry but next time when they start to swell stop. The "bladders" are supposed to hold the grease and seal the joint, if they have burst your just going to have to grease it more often until they wear out and you replace them, as for the comtrol arms grease them untill you see grease coming out of the bushings. If it has a grease zirk it needs grease, simple.
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