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Unread 06-04-2007, 06:57 PM   #1
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Lubricating steering and suspension ball joints

Hey guys- can someone point me in the right direction about how to lubricate the steering and suspension ball joints? Any help is appreciated.

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Unread 06-04-2007, 06:59 PM   #2
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get a regulare grease gun with some grease (ask the people at the auto store), shove it over every fitting you see and pump away till grease comes out of the bushing. i dont think the stock ball joints on any grand cherokee are greaseable
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Unread 06-04-2007, 06:59 PM   #3
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get a gun and crawl under your jeep, everywhere you see a grease fitting fill it. the grease and gun is cheap.
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Unread 06-04-2007, 07:02 PM   #4
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Well, since the OP doesn't want to tell us what his rig is -- ZJs (93-98) have greasable balljoints, WJs (99-2004) do not.

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Since we have no idea which Jeep you have, if you have a WJ, the only greasable joints are the ball joints, one on top of each knuckle.
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Unread 06-04-2007, 07:03 PM   #6
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Well, since the OP doesn't want to tell us what his rig is -- ZJs (93-98) have greasable balljoints, WJs (99-2004) do not.

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Hey quit smoking the crack, you have it backwards...WJ's only have greasable ball joints - nothing else is greasable.
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Oopsie

I knew it was one or the other...TREs or balljoints - both are a PITA to change out anyway


That, and dubs are weird
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Oopsie

I knew it was one or the other...TREs or balljoints - both are a PITA to change out anyway


That, and dubs are weird
What's the recommend grease type/brand for the ball joints?

If you were to grab ahold of the tire rod and be able to rotate it back and forth about 1/4 - 1/2 inches and the boots looks kinda "deflated", does it mean the TREs will need to be replaced? I think it got loosen a bit when my gf hit a big pothole in the field because the steering stabilizer has a minor dent too.
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rotation is fine, lateral movement is bad. However, you'll have a hard time seeing lateral movement by yourself. Get under there and have a buddy that you trust turn the wheel back and forth. If the TREs try to separate at the joint, you have bad joints.

I just use the cheapy stuff at the auto parts store. Valvoline makes chassis grease, so does Coastal and every other cheapo brand. You'll be fine with that.
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What's the recommend grease type/brand for the ball joints?

If you were to grab ahold of the tire rod and be able to rotate it back and forth about 1/4 - 1/2 inches and the boots looks kinda "deflated", does it mean the TREs will need to be replaced? I think it got loosen a bit when my gf hit a big pothole in the field because the steering stabilizer has a minor dent too.
Use your standard grease. Nothing special. Its been so long since I refilled my grease gun I cant remember whats in it.

Also, make sure to clean the grease fittings free of the dirty gritty grease that can collect on the outside. Other wise, if you pop that grease gun on there without cleaning the fitting, you will force all of that dirt and grime into the joint, decreasing the life of the joint.

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its ok if the tie rod twists a little bit. just as long as there is no lateral movement in the tie rod. mine twist too and my steering is tight.. minus my steering box being shot. stupid me stupid me
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Thanks FPKites, Yardman Harry, GRDCHRKE555


I've been searching to find out if rotation is normal or not. I have a little sloppy steering on tight curves, so I think it's the TRE. Well, I do know I need to replace the rear sway bar too. I'll check under there tommorrow and see what else I can find to burn a hole in my pocket.
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Unread 06-05-2007, 12:45 PM   #13
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Sorry I didn't mention my rig. Kinda hard to give advice if you don't know what I'm working with. '04 Grand Cherokee. So what's the consensus on what's greasable and not greasable? And the reason I asked about ball and suspension joints was because the factory manual mentioned both. Thanks for clearing that up.

Thanks for the help.

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Standard WJ has only two lube points- steering knuckle ball joint both at left and right Nothing more.
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get a regulare grease gun with some grease (ask the people at the auto store), shove it over every fitting you see and pump away till grease comes out of the bushing. i dont think the stock ball joints on any grand cherokee are greaseable

Insert one instruction to this.. WIPE IT OFF FIRST! Otherwise you'll pump dirt into the joint. This is one reason that auto makers stopped putting zerk fittings on everything. (Plus it's cheaper)

My grandfather used to install his own zerk fittings if a replacement didn't have one. I'm just not that inclined.
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