When it comes to cars and trucks, most of us think of grease as a necessary evil. It’s the go-to solution for keeping things moving, after all. But what you may not know is that grease can be harmful to your car and truck in a number of ways. In this blog post, we will explore how much grease is really necessary in ball joints and how to limit the amount you use without sacrificing performance. By following these tips, you can keep your car moving for years to come!
What is Grease?
Grease is a black or brownish liquid that is composed of lipids, water, and dirt. It is used in industrial applications to lubricate moving parts and to reduce friction.
How Does Grease Affect Ball Joints?
Grease is a common contaminant in ball joints and can cause them to wear prematurely. When grease gets into the ball joint, it forms a thick deposit that reduces the effectiveness of the ball joint’s lubrication. This can lead to squeaks, grinding noises, and other symptoms. In extreme cases, grease can even create a “seized” condition in which the ball joint becomes locked in its original position. If left untreated, ball joint failure can occur.
How Can You Clean Ball Joints?
One of the most common causes of ball joint failure is heavy grease build-up. This can be due to a number of factors, from using improper lubricants to over-torquing the joint. To clean ball joints, start by removing any excess grease with a solvent such as acetone or lacquer thinner. Once the grease is gone, use a scouring pad or SOS pad to remove any rough spots or debris. Be sure to rinse off all the soap before applying a new layer of cleaner. After cleaning, dry the ball joint thoroughly and apply a light coat of lubricant.
Often times, when we’re trying to remove grease from a ball joint, we find that it is almost impossible to get the grease completely off. Instead of becoming discouraged, we should try using a greasing method that will work better for the particular type of grease and ball joint. By understanding how grease works and how to grease a ball joint in the most effective way possible, we can get the job done successfully every time.