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Good idea or bad idea , thinking of getting a mechanic to install nipples on the front end of the truck . Dealer recommended and said many people have done it before
 

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You know I never looked. You mean there aren't any?

Only truck I ever had without grease fittings was a FORD. Worst truck I ever had and it was the first and last Ford for me. You can be sure tomorrow I'll be under there looking. Without grease fittings there WILL be trouble keeping things together.
 

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Good idea or bad idea , thinking of getting a mechanic to install nipples on the front end of the truck . Dealer recommended and said many people have done it before
It's a great idea. It basically makes your front end last forever unless it suffers damage. People have been doing it for years and it doesn't make sense to be without unless you're a dealer who makes money off the service. Front end parts domino into other front end parts and some of those parts (like balljoints) are practically a wear part like brakes. Do it, you'll keep your "new-truck-handling" way longer.
 

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How many grease nipples can be installed and on which steering components? Please advise, once you have them installed.
 

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I know that the new 2500's have no grease fittings anywhere. Installing them on existing components could cause more damage than good though - would be likely to get metal chips everywhere that you don't want them. Good luck trying to drill and tap ball joints.

You are much better off just greasing what you can with a needle and replacing components with those that are designed for serviceability when things start to wear out (100k miles down the road).
 

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I full heartedly agree with ph353. You are a better machinist than I if you can do this. You will have to remove the ball from the socket race in the housing (which is all pressed together), drill and tap 1/4-28 thread in the housing in the proper location, deburr the hole and remove metal chips, screw the grease fitting in place, then press everything back together. Take ph363 advise.
 

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Hope to have mine on a lift this week and look at things closely.

Back in 2001-2002 I put 100,000 miles on a Duramax in about 10 months. In 14 months I had in the 140's. That included all the serious breakdowns and down time that engine created. To expect someone to replace the front end in less than a year is ludicrous. On top of that you have to deal with alignment, down time and all the expense because Chrysler opted to save a couple dollars on zerk fittings.

This is something I missed. Looks like PH363 has the right idea for now.
 

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Its done with parts not just custom machining. Do some extra research guys it works and has for years. Anyone who plows will thank themselves for the investment.
 

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Hi guys I have been putting grease nipples on my tie rods and upper ball joints for years. Simply drill a hole 3/16" or 7/32" (can't remember) dead centre of the cap(disc) thats pressed into the top of the tie rod or upper ball joint. Thread the hole with a 1/4" nc tap just enough to get the nipple to start threading into it, if your worried about filings use a strong magnet to pull them out of the grease before installing the grease nipple. Don't over grease, I don't bother with the lower ball joints because of the CV boot there's not enough clearance to do it. It will definately save you money in the long run.
 

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Reviving this thread to see if anyone ever did this? I noticed in the manual for my 2015, ED, that it states to lube the front drive shaft fitting and tie rod ends. I know the manuals are "generic" for the RAM 1500/2500/3500 and that there are some fittings in the 2500/3500 but not on the 1500, which lead me back to this thread.
 

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I view this like the front wheel bearings, I'm going to roll the dice on how long the factory installed units last. IF I have a front hub fail, i will pack the new one with grease when I install it. Likewise, IF I have a ball joint, tie rod etc. fail I will replace it with a part that has a zerk.

Last few vehicles we have had 2004 duramax sold at 250,000 miles replaced zero front end parts and they were sealed. Replaced one front hub. It would have been wasting time effort and parts to change anything on that truck. 2006 tahoe sold at 220,000 miles zero front end parts replaced. Even at 200,000+ miles greasable joints are still worn and in need of replacement most likely. If you dont grease them then the sealed ones are better.
 

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I pierced the rubber boots with a needle grease tool and pumped good quality grease into each joint. The grease needle is from a syringe and has a zerk fitting screwed onto it places like Harbour Freight sell them.
 

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You can remove the abs sensor from the unit bearings and pump them full of grease. FCA wants you to think these parts aren't serviceable.
 

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You can remove the abs sensor from the unit bearings and pump them full of grease. FCA wants you to think these parts aren't serviceable.
Much better idea than drilling an existing component. No magnet is going to pull all the metal shavings out. Hey Bounty Hunter, could you provide a photo of the connection you mention? Thanks in advance!
 

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You can remove the abs sensor from the unit bearings and pump them full of grease. FCA wants you to think these parts aren't serviceable.
Not denying that at all, but its not like you just crawl under the truck and do it. It involves taking off the tire, caliper and rotor to do.

Vast majority of owners do not keep these truck long enough to do a brake job, or pretty much worry about servicing anything other than the oil/filter, air filter, and fuel filter.
 

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Just don’t over do it with the grease. I put too much grease in a new one and had to replace it 12k miles later.


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I was about to do that.... not cool. Might not be worth it.....

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FWIW, I followed the advice of a member and went with the recommended number of grease gun pumps and the grease blew out the seals. Maybe my grease gun had a higher output than his. Lol.
 
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