Greasing the nipples, moving parts etc

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supersonic62
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Greasing the nipples, moving parts etc

Postby supersonic62 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:40 am

Hi
could someone recommend a good quality grease to use with a grease gun to use on joints and nipples etc please, market seems to be flooded with various types, Regards Paul

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Re: Greasing the nipples, moving parts etc

Postby PaulGover » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:14 pm

In the old days it was de rigeur to use Castrolease LM. Not sure if you can get it now. For most general purpose greasing, any car-quality lithium-based grease should be fine - Halfords do one from Comma; your local auto factor will probably sell something similar for a reasonable price. I've always been very satisfied with Morris lubricants (https://www.morrislubricants.co.uk/) oils, though I've not tried their greases.

Note that Jaguar specified a couple of specialist Shell greases for the wheel hubs and for the wiper rack. Finding an equivalent is virtually impossible, since there seem to be no specs available to compare with. I think the wiper rack one has special water properties, but I'm not sure what. The hub greases were rated to higher temperatures. For normal use, I doubt it matters, but on a couple of occasions I found out why. (a) track days, and (b) descending the hill into Applecross (that's very long and very steep). In both cases, when stopping after prolonged heavy braking with no "cool down" period, the front of the car disappeared in a cloud of white smoke. It was the red-hot brake disks boiling the hub grease!
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supersonic62
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Re: Greasing the nipples, moving parts etc

Postby supersonic62 » Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:00 am

Hi Paul, I did see the lithium grease keep cropping up on the web pages of the car parts etc,I havn`t done the job myself but was last done when I had the steering rack replaced about three years ago, so will go with that, thanks, Regards Paul


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