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tomkeechi 12-06-2012 04:29 AM

Adding grease to upper ball joint
 
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I installed new control arm ball joints on my 1960 Tbird. The top ball joints wouldn't take any grease. After exerting a great deal of pressure
the grease started coming out the top near the grease fitting but won't
get to the ball itself. I've attached a photo. Anyone have any ideas? It
happened on both upper joints but not on the bottom.

poncho62 12-06-2012 04:51 AM

If that is a pressed in ball joint, it seems to have a split case........it looks to be crooked in there

Trophyman 12-06-2012 05:01 AM

Did U try different greese fittings? It's not unusual, even for new zerks, to be frozen up.

poncho62 12-06-2012 05:12 AM

From that pic, it looks like the zerk is fine, but is leaking out around the ring that holds the ball joint together. I would jack the car up, let the wheels hang and apply grease.....it might go in easier that way

tomkeechi 12-06-2012 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by poncho62 (Post 1619727)
From that pic, it looks like the zerk is fine, but is leaking out around the ring that holds the ball joint together. I would jack the car up, let the wheels hang and apply grease.....it might go in easier that way


Thanks a lot. I'll try that.

69 widetrack 12-06-2012 11:00 AM

I agree with Poncho62 that the ball joint casing is cracked...The ball joint is not pressed in it's bolted in (the tree bolts beside the joint). In my opinion the ball joint should be replaced, I don't see an immediate safety issue but if it in fact is cracked...replace it.

Ray

69 widetrack 12-06-2012 11:04 AM

Maybe "cracked" is the wrong wording...it looks like the top of the ball joint has the seam letting go from the main body of the ball joint.

Sorry about that, thought about it and figured I worded it wrong.

Ray

tomkeechi 12-06-2012 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Trophyman (Post 1619726)
Did U try different greese fittings? It's not unusual, even for new zerks, to be frozen up.

Yes, I've tried 2 new fittings. Thanks

tomkeechi 12-06-2012 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by 69 widetrack (Post 1619809)
I agree with Poncho62 that the ball joint casing is cracked...The ball joint is not pressed in it's bolted in (the tree bolts beside the joint). In my opinion the ball joint should be replaced, I don't see an immediate safety issue but if it in fact is cracked...replace it.

Ray

That's what I figured. Thanks


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