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What type of grease do you use in your bearings?

Post by DHort » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:09 pm

I find it interesting that we use timken bearings and yet timken grease is not sold in any auto store or farm store.

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Re: What type of grease do you use in your bearings?

Post by Humblej » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:12 pm

Any brand wheel bearing grease.

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Re: What type of grease do you use in your bearings?

Post by Ruxstel24 » Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:22 pm

I use Wolfs Head red grease...
I bet it’s purt near the same stuff.

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Re: What type of grease do you use in your bearings?

Post by Oldav8tor » Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:30 pm

I buy red Timken grease online - tubs and cartridges. I suspect any good bearing grease will do. Lubricant technology has advanced a great deal since Henry's day.
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Re: What type of grease do you use in your bearings?

Post by Gonenorth » Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:54 am

I put red high temp wheel bearing grease in the front bearings, but I hand pack those. Most of my other grease cups have zerks in them, so I just use synthetic marine wheel bearing grease in there...since that's what I keep in the grease gun and have plenty of tubes of it on hand.

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Re: What type of grease do you use in your bearings?

Post by Jugster » Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:07 am

When it comes to slow-moving cars such as ours, it's probable that just about any automotive grease will do just fine. The problem comes in when we mix two different types and I had to learn this lesson the hard way. I started out with the usual red Timkin wheel bearing grease, but when that ran out, instead of ordering more of the same online and waiting for it to arrive, I just went out to the local auto store and bought whatever kind of red, high-temperature grease they had. Unfortunately, the two types were not chemically compatible and my grease went from a controllable paste to an oily liquid that leaked out of everywhere and got on everything. The red mess was just awful and took forever to clean up—and any passerby might have gotten the impression that Christopher Lee had been heart-staked in my garage.

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Re: What type of grease do you use in your bearings?

Post by DanTreace » Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:52 am

Any quality red grease is fine for my T's.

To me, a good long time mfg. of oils and greases is Valvoline, for 150 years. They mfg. their own products, best IMO to know the mfg.
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You can get Valvoline products most anywhere too, and reasonable pricing.

Now the Timken brand red grease may be as good, but more expensive, Timken only got into the grease marketing business in 2004, and according to the MSDS on the grease, it is mfg. by Chemtool.
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Re: What type of grease do you use in your bearings?

Post by Susanne » Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:40 pm

I use 2 different greases on my car - all my cup greasers get Sta-Lube NGLI2 straight out of the tube or pot. I got a bunch of it from dad's garage and so far haven't had to pull anything apart and flush it. The wheels run Valvoline Blue Waterproof - I figure if it can live in an overloaded, neglected, and occasionally drenched boat wheel bearing, and spin those boat trailers at 80 MPH on the freeway, it's more than enough for my wheel bearings.

BTW - Decades ago, when I was taught to repack bearings, the first step was to throughly clean the bearing out and inspect for grittiness, wear, etc.. and flush the dirt out before repacking, so cross-contamination of grease was never an issue as the old, worn out and grit filled grease was no longer there.

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Re: What type of grease do you use in your bearings?

Post by Matt in California » Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:21 pm

I use Green Grease for everything greased on my Ts. See: https://www.amazon.com/Green-Grease-101 ... B004Y06YT8

I have never seen this grease on any model T part that is greased before I use it so it is a good verification that I did it:) And assuming I cleaned everything prior to adding grease, it looks the same as the day I greased it.

I imagine people could argue one way or another for this grease, but it is better than animal lard or anything available at that time. Also, it is water proof. But I don't have any plans of Fording any streams.

I am always open to hearing peoples opinions.


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