Can anyone recommend anything specific for greasing the CV joints on
the front axle? I was hoping to find something in a 14 oz. tube I could
pick up at an auto store. I want to get in the habit of greasing the
front axle points at each oil change. Ford specifies thier XG-5 CV
Joint Grease on the inboard CVs, not sure about the outboards. Any
equivelents out there off the shelf? Valvoline Durablend?
I was told by another truck owner that there were grease points on the
front axle of my '04 F-150 4x4, near the inboard and outboard CV
joints. Maybe they were referring to something else? I probably have
to get my own zerk fittings if I can find the points. Approaching 10k
on the new truck, I had the dealer do the 5000 service "yeah yeah yeah
we'll grease the front end right" and then they shorted me on the
crankcase oil (I think I'll do my own maintenance now!). Couldn't find
a quickie haynes or chiltons yet.
From the horses mouth, as it were.....04 half tons have NO grease points....
qualification, some older half tons were sold as "04 heritage" half toms...
i.e. 03 style sold as 04s. I haven't seen one and I can't understand anyone
97 to 03 half tons have two grease points.... both on the idler arm... any
decent quality chassis grease will work just fine.....
It constantly amazes me (both here and in other venues), that there are
those that will get anal about one thing - to the exclusion of other things
that matter just as much, if not more...
"Lucas Red "N" Tacky Multi-Purpose EP Grease is a smooth, tacky, red
lithium 12-HO grease fortified with a high degree of extreme pressure
additives that give a true Timken load much higher than other greases of
this type. It stays in U-joints and resists wash-out, making it the
perfect truck grease."
Exactly how do you plan to grease the CV joints? Are you going to remove the
clamps on the boots? If the boots are in good shape, regreasing is not
necessary - at least not till you have significant mileage on the vehicle. I
never touched the CV joints on either of my Ford Expeditions (one was traded
at 149,000 miles, the other now has 82,0000 miles). For cars, I've only ever
regrease CV joints once - that was for a 11 year old Fiesta with 130,000
miles. The boots had never failed, but given the age ad mileage of the
vehicle I decided to clean and regrease the joints. It was a waste of time.
The grease inside was still fresh and plentiful. On the other hand I have
had to clean and regrease CV joints after a boot failure.
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