Use an insulin hypodermic to inject a few drops of SAE 90 gear oil through
the rubber seal and into the ball assembly. This will fix dry sealed ball
bearings. If your car has 100,000 miles or more, you bearings are in need
of oil replenishment.
You may also have dry ball bearings almost anywhere. If a bearing starts
to squeal or looks like it could benefit from oil, inject it as preventive
maintenance to save major expense of replacement.
This tip brought to you by Nomen the Megaposter
If you have a dry, noisey idler pulley bearing, the bearing is usually well
on it's way to being damaged... If you don't mind waiting beside the highway
when a suspect bearing is treated in this manner fails, I'm sure that Nomen
the megadorker will come and spend the time visiting with you.
These sorts of signs tell us that we have a hurtin' unit... certainly,
giving one of these bearings will extend it's life span.... but we have no
way of knowing how much.... We can now hear the dice rolling....
For my part, the repair, at my convenience when the noise is first
encountered, is much easier to take than sitting alongside the road in God
know's what kind of weather (unable to run the car to keep warm) and being
late for some important event. My time is too valuable to me to waste my
time away from work on breakdowns..... my loving bride is much too important
to me for me to risk stranding her along our highways and byways...
OTOH, if anyone feels that they are only worth a "bitch-fix"... go for it.
Not always.... there's at least 3 or 4 times a month I'll get something up
on the hoist and think..."I just back off the highway with THAT!!!"...
If there is one thing I have learned in nearly 40 years... there are no
Whereupon it will leak right back out through the hole you have now created.
Of course, you could seal it up with bathtub caulk. :-)
I think this would be a good way to bust insulin needles, the rubber used
in such things is generally a lot tougher than flesh.
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