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Lubed incorrectly; should I clean with brake cleaner or wipe off?

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010-2024)' started by Ctreg, Sep 8, 2023.

  1. Sep 8, 2023 at 12:34 PM
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    Ctreg

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    I was lubing my slip yokes and spiders and it's a mess. The first time I did it I didn't quite know what I was doing and got grease all over the outside because I didn't click it into the zerk. Now I know how to do it but my question is should I hit the outside of the joints with sine brake clean to clean it off or is the gunky grease /dirt on the outside ok to just be wiped off best I can?
     
  2. Sep 8, 2023 at 12:50 PM
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    I usually wipe mine down before greasing with brake clean and a paper towel because I figure any brake clean will be pushed out with the new grease. You would be fine just wiping it because a U joint it not sealed so it will throw grease anyway.
     
  3. Sep 8, 2023 at 1:51 PM
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    If I were just starting out with grease guns, every one would be a LockNLube. As is, I use serval types of grease with various inexpensive but workable guns. LockNLube is always the cleanest and easiest to use.
     
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    I second this. Before locknlube I was always messier not getting a good connection with zirk resulting in grease outside everywhere.
     
  5. Sep 8, 2023 at 3:26 PM
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    +1. LocknLube definitely makes the job easier. On sale now at Amazon for a good price--$29. I paid $39 when I bought mine last year.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H7LPKKU?ie=UTF8
     
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    Any grease gun on Amazon you recomend?
     
  7. Sep 8, 2023 at 3:39 PM
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    Thanks. I've bought a couple. Probably cheaped out. One flat our didn't work. The other leaked pretty bad even after depressurizing.
     
  10. Sep 8, 2023 at 4:09 PM
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    I got the hang of the regular grease gun now. But at first yeah I was clueless.
     
  11. Sep 8, 2023 at 8:39 PM
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    It happens, just keep a roll of paper towels nearby and a grocery bag to put them in.
     
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