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04 2500hd lube?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by 4speed, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. 4speed

    4speed Member
    Messages: 93

    I just greased the front end on my truck but I could not find a zerk fitting on the lower ball joints. Am I going blind?
  2. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    They stopped putting grease fittings on most frontend components about a zillion years ago. They only put them on the ones they think need it. Once you replace them the new ones will have them. I wouldn't worry about it, it's not a Ford so the balljoints won't fall out. I've got 8 years and 143,000 miles on my lowers. Look for some sneaky hidden ones on the idler arm, sometimes you have to sneak thru a hole in the side of the frame to get them. Idlers a known wear item on a Chevy.
    I haven't heard the word "zerk" since I was a kid! I had forgotten all about that.
  3. basset

    basset Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    My 04 2500hd has them (uppers and lowers). You have to turn the wheels to get at them..

    JRKRACE Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    The uppers are vertical...Obvious.
    The lowers are perpendicular to the uppers and parallel with the ground. Best way to access them is from the rear of the front tire.

    Also..11 zerks total....If you're wondering......
  5. 4speed

    4speed Member
    Messages: 93

    Thanks guys, I turned the wheels and there they were. I don't know how I missed them yesterday. I guess the fumes from the heater had me a little loopy:dizzy: . One thing I noticed while I was under there, the front bumper is completely rusted on the back side. On further inspection I saw about 6 rust spots on the chrome in front' and a few on the rear bumper also.
  6. ALarsh

    ALarsh Senior Member
    Messages: 203

    How often are you supposed to grease those zerks? Is it in the manual?
  7. oldsw-31

    oldsw-31 Member
    from mass
    Messages: 33

    I usually grease the front end every other oil change. be sure not to over grease because you can actually damage the boots and it makes a big mess with the grease oozing from the balljoint and getting all over the rims