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Old 09-12-2018, 03:20 PM   #1
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Grease gun dexter ez lube axle

OK so I am trying to use a grease gun, Performance tools W54204, on my Dexter EZ lube axle. It doesn't seem to click on to the zerk. When I pump the grease it appears to not enter the axle, but instead go around the zerk. What am I doing wrong?
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Old 09-12-2018, 03:24 PM   #2
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Push harder.
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Old 09-12-2018, 03:26 PM   #3
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LOL Like how hard? Will I feel it click and hold? Also, how will it detach?
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LOL Like how hard? Will I feel it click and hold? Also, how will it detach?
You will feel it click. Bend it down to unhook it.
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I'm not familiar with your grease gun but I've used a lot of different ones on my farm equipment and vehicles over the years. Sometimes they are a bear to push on a zerk, especially when new. Just make sure it's lined up and push until it clicks on. When they are that tight, they might take some serious wiggling and pulling to get off as well.

That being said, that's not the best way to grease axle bearings (in my opinion). For one thing, I have heard of lots of people putting an entire tube of grease into one spindle (and I've seen some people recommend doing it that way). That is completely filling that spindle cavity with grease which can cause overheating. The best way is to raise the wheel off the ground, remove the wheel, hub and bearings. Clean the bearings of old grease and re-pack them with fresh grease by hand. It only takes a little while and once a year is usually plenty, even if you travel a lot.

Make sure you seat the bearings and snug the spindle nut properly when putting it all back together. I tighten the nut until barely tight and then back off an eighth of a turn.
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I'm not familiar with your grease gun but I've used a lot of different ones on my farm equipment and vehicles over the years. Sometimes they are a bear to push on a zerk, especially when new. Just make sure it's lined up and push until it clicks on. When they are that tight, they might take some serious wiggling and pulling to get off as well.

That being said, that's not the best way to grease axle bearings (in my opinion). For one thing, I have heard of lots of people putting an entire tube of grease into one spindle (and I've seen some people recommend doing it that way). That is completely filling that spindle cavity with grease which can cause overheating. The best way is to raise the wheel off the ground, remove the wheel, hub and bearings. Clean the bearings of old grease and re-pack them with fresh grease by hand. It only takes a little while and once a year is usually plenty, even if you travel a lot.

Make sure you seat the bearings and snug the spindle nut properly when putting it all back together. I tighten the nut until barely tight and then back off an eighth of a turn.

Can't say i've ever heard that filling the entire cavity causes over heating . if the cavity stays empty it won't take long for the grease in the bearing to be spun out and bearing failure will be close behind . using the zerks between full packing of bearings is fine but you need to jack up the wheel and spin it while putting in grease .
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Old 09-12-2018, 04:13 PM   #7
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Some couplings require a lot of pressure to get them to click on the zerk, so as said above, push harder!
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Some grease guns have a coupling type connection that requires you to pull back on the connection to get it to go on or off.
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Can't say i've ever heard that filling the entire cavity causes over heating . if the cavity stays empty it won't take long for the grease in the bearing to be spun out and bearing failure will be close behind . using the zerks between full packing of bearings is fine but you need to jack up the wheel and spin it while putting in grease .
An overpacked grease cavity "may" overheat. Saw this plenty of times over the years when someone thought that "more grease" would cool down a bearing that was trending too warm.

Absolutely not true that bearing grease will spin out of bearings in a cavity that is not full. If they were prone to that, they would leave the factory full. There are many thousands of trailers on the road with only a factory pack of grease in the bearings that never get another shot.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I guess I wasn't pushing it on hard enough.
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