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DamselFly posted 02-19-2002 01:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for DamselFly   Send Email to DamselFly  
I want to grease the 3 zerk fittings on my outboard and was wondering if the el cheapo Lubrimatic marine grease at Wal-Mart is good enough for this? I've got 2 where the steering connects to the motor, and one more on the port side, midway down the motor. It's a 40 Johnson. thanks


jameso posted 02-19-2002 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
Yeah that is probably as good as needed, I use the same lube I use for tractor ect. no problems.
Jim Armstrong
whalerron posted 02-19-2002 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
You really should use a marine grease. Marine grease is not as susceptible to breaking down in water. Almost any grease will work if reapplied often enough but only a good marine grade grease will last quite a while after one application.
dfmcintyre posted 02-20-2002 09:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
When you end up using the grease, if you want to be really compulsive, you can do what I used to have to do while completing the 100hr inspections on a friends helicopter (he didn't like heights, go figure, I ended up on top of the doghouse with the grease gun).... run enough grease in so you end up with new coming out of the joint. That way you know that it's all new grease.


Dr T posted 02-20-2002 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
Lubrimatic and Valvoline marine grade are both fine, regardless of where you buy it.
SuburbanBoy posted 02-20-2002 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
Mobil-1 is what I use. But the most important point is that you actually grease it, and frequently. By frequently I suggest May July and October in 4 seasons locations.


DamselFly posted 02-20-2002 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for DamselFly  Send Email to DamselFly     
Dr T, that begs the question, is Lubrimatic made by Valvoline? If not, where does it come from?


lhg posted 02-21-2002 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I think the Lubrimatic blue-gray marine grease is fine. And Don's suggestion is right on. Pump in the grease 'til the new stuff starts to ooze out of the shafts, etc.

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