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Old 05-06-2012, 07:11 AM   #1
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I looked over my tires and wheels this morning and noticed one of my grease Zerks is missing. I haven't got close enough yet but it looks like it just fell out. I'll get down there and in-speck it later today to be sure why it's not there.

Has anyone else had problems with these? I guess we'll have to check them all over and make sure they're tight.


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I have not noticed that, but haven't really thought about it until you mentioned it. I will look today when we hook up. Thanks for the heads up.

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:31 AM   #3
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While there, it might be a good time to grease those fittings. Just from a quick visual, it looked to me that they were installed dry and never greased. I have to get under & do a closer inspection.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:59 AM   #4
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Mine had grease in them but obviously weren't tight

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Old 05-06-2012, 02:35 PM   #5
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I actually greased mine and when I disconnected from gun the fittings pulled out on 4 of them! Put them back in see what happens next service. Soon!!
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I actually greased mine and when I disconnected from gun the fittings pulled out on 4 of them! Put them back in see what happens next service. Soon!!
Shaka,

I wonder if your Grease Gun Coupling is too tight?

Many people don't know you can loosen the coupling by putting a wrench on the back and using some Channellocks on the knurled part and turn counter clockwise. See picture below...

We own a Hardware Store and I tell every customer who buys a new gun how to loosen it because the three little "paws" (or whatever they are called) inside are too tight, especially on a new gun, and if they don't do it nine times out of ten they will pull the zerk out when they try to disconnect.

Actually I keep mine finger tight and only tighten it on the zerk if it leaks grease when pumping, then I always loosen it back up before disconnecting.

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WOW!! I never knew that! Great info. there.
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WOW!! I never knew that! Great info. there.










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Old 05-06-2012, 08:02 PM   #9
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I actually greased mine and when I disconnected from gun the fittings pulled out on 4 of them! Put them back in see what happens next service. Soon!!
Shaka,

I wonder if your Grease Gun Coupling is too tight?

Many people don't know you can loosen the coupling by putting a wrench on the back and using some Channellocks on the knurled part and turn counter clockwise. See picture below...

We own a Hardware Store and I tell every customer who buys a new gun how to loosen it because the three little "paws" (or whatever they are called) inside are too tight, especially on a new gun, and if they don't do it nine times out of ten they will pull the zerk out when they try to disconnect.

Actually I keep mine finger tight and only tighten it on the zerk if it leaks grease when pumping, then I always loosen it back up before disconnecting.
How can it pull the zert out, when it is threaded in. I call BS.

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I actually greased mine and when I disconnected from gun the fittings pulled out on 4 of them! Put them back in see what happens next service. Soon!!
Shaka,

I wonder if your Grease Gun Coupling is too tight?

Many people don't know you can loosen the coupling by putting a wrench on the back and using some Channellocks on the knurled part and turn counter clockwise. See picture below...

We own a Hardware Store and I tell every customer who buys a new gun how to loosen it because the three little "paws" (or whatever they are called) inside are too tight, especially on a new gun, and if they don't do it nine times out of ten they will pull the zerk out when they try to disconnect.

Actually I keep mine finger tight and only tighten it on the zerk if it leaks grease when pumping, then I always loosen it back up before disconnecting.

HTH, Keith



I have greased a lot of agricultural equipment over the years and I have to admit that I did not know this bit of information. Thanks for pointing this out.



An additional bit of infomation about grease zerks. On our 36RL, I did not notice until we had our coach at home that one of the zerks was broken off on the Trailair Tri-Glide pin box. There are 3 zerks on each side of the pin box and one was broken. So, I purchase an extractor tool and some zerks from our local Tractor Supply store thinking that I could just remove the broken zerk and replace it. Well the reverse threads on the cheap chinese extraction tool stripped out and foiled my plans. So, when I dropped the trailer off at the dealer a week ago to have some other work done, I asked the service department to replace the zerk along with some other work that needed to be done.



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