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    Default Re: Ford 3000 front wheel bearing zerk issue

    OK, I was off by a few hours, (My memory is not as good as it was in the past) the Ford Owners Manual I was referring to says front bearings are a 600 hour service.

    (Its still a crappy description in the book and nothing in the service manual) I admit I know little which is why I ask here.

    So for me front wheel bearing greasing is a once a year service, I think my points are still valid.
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    Default Re: Ford 3000 front wheel bearing zerk issue

    Not sure what points you are talking about. You've proved it impossible to thread a zerk into an unthreaded tapered blind hole. And you can't retain service interval information read from a manual. What Am I missing?
    We have too much gun control.
    What we need is more idiot control.

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    Default Re: Ford 3000 front wheel bearing zerk issue

    Thanks johneic, I will keep that in mind.

    By the way, zerks are good when they work as they should. Best way is to screw a bolt and a fibre washer in the hole, instead of the zerk. When it is time to grease you change to a fresh zerk, grease and switch back to the bolt again. If you put zerks into the steel caps, they are not only exposed to dirt and water, you will sooner or later have one smashed or dented.

    I am not sure about the need for it on a hub in normal use, better to take apart, clean and repack with fresh grease.

    Reminds me of the, never used, small grease guns that came with every new chainsaw for greasing the bearing in the sword's tip. As an oldtimer said: "If you never had dirt in there before, you will get it when you pump with that thing".

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    Default Re: Ford 3000 front wheel bearing zerk issue

    600 hours?

    I'd bet the grease in there is what left the factory...

    Slow speeds, not much weight, probably good for another few decades.
    Regrease if it makes you feel better, but probably not needed.

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    Default Re: Ford 3000 front wheel bearing zerk issue

    Thanks for the help HakanTh and bajabum, I never thought of them breaking off and a few decades will be the most this retired bookkeeper will need, I will be in the earth by then. Thanks again for the helpful tips, I worked in an office my whole life and never did things like this, I need the good ideas from here.

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    Default Re: Ford 3000 front wheel bearing zerk issue

    Glad to help with the little I know.
    These machines do not have modern technology in them, so they can be understood pretty easily. It is PBL (Problem-based learning) all over, "Good judgment comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgment."

    By the way, you have got a Private Message.

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    Default Re: Ford 3000 front wheel bearing zerk issue

    When drilling thinner metal that will be tapped for threads, instead of drilling the hole to the size called for by the tap spec, drill a much smaller hole. Then tap a tapered awl into the hole to enlarge to correct hole size. This will create a inward "cone" that will provide much more threaded surface.

    bumper

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    Default Re: Ford 3000 front wheel bearing zerk issue

    Great tip, bumper!
    You will get something like this (mouse over to zoom the image)?:
    Weidmüller 0687900000 FM 4/TS35 from Conrad Electronic UK

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