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78 Midget steering rack lube?

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I pulled the plug on the rack while lubing up the front suspension.
There's something vaguely greasy on the end of the plug I wouldn't call it oil or grease though.
What is supposed to go in the rack, and how do you get it into that small hole?
I have heard some say oil, som say gear oil and some say grease.
If I could find a zerk that fits the hole would it be a problem if I pumped grease in there?
 
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I bought an oil can with a flexible hose and conical brass end.
At first I squirted a little gear oil in and worked the rack back and forth.
Then I just held the end of the hose in the hole and pumped.
I have no idea how much should go in there but it has some now and that is better than the none it had.
 
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Technically, the later style racks call for grease.
 
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Technically, the later style racks call for grease.

Then they should come with a zerk.
Being supplied from the factory with a plug cannot invite the use of grease.
 
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Well the rack is a lot smoother now, I hadn't realized how sluggish my steering was until I added some lube!
Next time I'll have a grease fitting handy to install.
 
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