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Ball Joint and Tie Rod Grease Zerc Fittings


Luke Skywalker
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Since the new tie rod ends and ball joints for TRs from some suppliers have no grease fittings, is there a theory out there that the new sealed versions should last a lifetime (or are somehow better), or is there a quality issue here?


Jedi Knight
"Sealed for life" ball joints can also be viewed as "sealed for death" ball joints. Most sealed ball joints do give good wear, but I can't imagine that they would out-last ball joints that see fresh grease from time to time.


Great Pumpkin - R.I.P
The question is, whose lifetime? Generally they mean the lifetime of the joint ... :devilgrin:

More seriously, even if they mean the lifetime of the car; these cars were made with an expected lifetime of perhaps 10 years or so. We have already kept them running for many times that long, and I at least hope to flog mine for many more.


Luke Skywalker
Mine from TRF came with grease fittings. The OE did not have them. I grease all fittings regularly. When I pulled down my rear end, happily I was able to grease the U-joints that are otherwise inaccessible. Even greased my spline. And had a PSA test done the same week. I hate it when he pops that rubber glove......


Jedi Knight
That reminds me of the advice my Dad gave me when I had to get my first Prostate exam, "Look for a Dr. with skinny fingers."
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