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William K.
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Re: My vote is cost
William K.   12/17/2013 9:34:35 AM
Chuck, it is true that on autos cost is the main reason that any decision is made. Thgis includes the selection of inferior and unsuitable materials and also assembly shortcuts. This explains why Chrysler products had for at least ten years used caliper materials that were going to rust and lock-up, which assured that the disk brakes would wear very unevenly, inside to outside. Cheap cast steel rubbing on cheap cast steel is always going to exibit serious binding as soon as it rusts. Other makers used a range of designs to allow both inside and outside caliper parts to move, so that the binding problem would be avoided completely, while Chrysler kept on using bare iron against bare iron. It was a case of doing things as cheaply as could be done, with no concern for those who kept a car more than a year.

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RAM is also guilty...
Constitution_man   12/17/2013 9:16:20 AM
...or should I say Dodge.  My older [1999] Dodge has those goofy low-pro fittings that look like a tiny funnel in the steering knuckles.  BTW they do not work well.  Correction, they rarely work AT ALL.   Any amount of resistance to flow results in a plethora of grease "boogers" that are NOT in the knuckle.  At least the spec for that worthless fitting has a diametric cut that a #2 flat screwdriver tip will neatly engage.  Here's why I say that...

Solution...  After a dozen or so attempts to locate a #10-32 fitting at a hardware or autoparts store, I hit up a buddy of mine at Alemite Corp for a couple of #10-32 straight fittings.  These remain in my tool box under lock and key.  Each time I service the truck, I remove the goofy low-pro fitting, install the gift from Alemite, grease the knuckle, and put the goofy fitting back.  I cannot leave the Alemite fitting in the bearing because if the truck is fully steered either direction there is interference.  I do not remember Alemite's part number but I do recall that the numbers "1032" are hidden within the part number.

Charles Murray
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My vote is cost
Charles Murray   12/16/2013 8:56:39 PM
As for why GM made the decision, I'm betting cost had something to do with it. Even if it's just a few pennies apiece, you have multiple fittings per vehicle, spread across all of the GM models described here. It ends up being a significant cost.

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Re: Get an adapter for the grease gun
naperlou   12/16/2013 10:22:14 AM
GTOlover, you beat me to it.  I still have the grease gun my father and I used when I was young.  I think it is older than me (an that's over half a century), but it still works fine.  Of course, the only thing I have to use it on these days is the lawn tractor.  That one is not so hard to get to.

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Get an adapter for the grease gun
GTOlover   12/16/2013 9:42:49 AM
I also have had to grease several GM vehicles from 1968 GTO to Suburban. Ford F150 and even a few Dodge vehicles. Those oddly located zerk fittings can be easily greased with a right angle grease gun adapter.


I use a similar tool as this and it works well. The key is to make sure to keep the fitting clean before and after the lubrication.

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