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  1. #1

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    Default Lubing the FEL

    I have a kubota L3010 with about 37 hours on it. The other day I decided it was time to lube the FEL. So I pulled out the lube gun I had bought.

    This is a standard automotive model with a flexible hose. I loaded the grease cartridge in it & then went to hook it up to the first grease fitting.

    Hmmm ... there is a small metal "fitting" at the end of the hose. It has a ball check valve in it, so I assumed it was supposed to hook right up to the grease fitting on my FEL. But, the copler doesn't seem to want to screw onto the fitting. I can push the coupler down aboutr 1/2 its length, but it doesn't go any further.

    What am I doing wrong?

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  2. #2
    Super Star Member RoyJackson's Avatar
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    Default Re: Lubing the FEL

    Most grease guns I've used just push on to the zerk (grease) fitting. It should just cover the spherical part of the zerk. The spherical part of the zerk will push the check ball (of the grease gun) back which allows the grease to pump through.

    I've never seen a standard grease gun that screwed onto a zerk fitting.

  3. #3

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    Default Re: Lubing the FEL

    I'm with Roy on this one. Just push it down on the fitting, pump the handle a couple of times and pull it back off.

  4. #4

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    Default Re: Lubing the FEL

    > Poster: RoyJackson
    > Subject: Re: Lubing the FEL

    > Most grease guns I've used just push on to the
    > zerk (grease) fitting. It should just cover the
    > spherical part of the zerk. The spherical part of
    > the zerk will push the check ball (of the grease gun)
    > back which allows the grease to pump through.

    Hmmm ... I don't think this is a "zerk" fitting, though I'm not sure. Coming out of each (of 6) lubrication points is a threaded shaft (like the working end of a machine screw). I don't see any other fittings that could lead to the lubrication points.

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    Super Star Member RoyJackson's Avatar
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    Default Re: Lubing the FEL

    Ask your dealer about this...
    Zerks are pretty fragile. I'm wondering if they may have been replaced with another (temporary) fitting for transport.

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    Default Re: Lubing the FEL

    I think you're right, Roy. I was checking out the new Kubotas still in their crates and noticed short bolts where my zircs are located. Betcha the dealer installs them.

    Pete

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    Default Re: Lubing the FEL

    rule #1 with a grease fitting: wipe it clean before lubing.

    [dirt is a terrible thing to add to a bearing surface]

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