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#3989096 - 01/24/16 09:20 PM Tie-rod ball joint grease?
garlicbreadman Offline


Registered: 06/14/10
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Loc: USA
Hi,

The rubber boot for the tie-rod on my 01 acura integra tore. I am going to replace the boot next weekend and need some grease suggestions.

i found these two, what do you think?
http://www.amazon.com/Super-Lube-21030-S...rds=moly+grease
http://www.amazon.com/Valvoline-VV985-Sy...rds=moly+grease

At home i have:
mobil 1 synthetic grease (i used this red goop on my upper control arm ball joint and the rubber boot is all moist)
napa sil-glyde
3m silicone paste

Please let me know what is appropriate in my application. Thanks


Edited by garlicbreadman (01/24/16 09:34 PM)

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#3989144 - 01/24/16 10:16 PM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: garlicbreadman]
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#3989160 - 01/24/16 10:40 PM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: garlicbreadman]
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I like Valvoline synpower and I recommend you stick with lithium complex based greases for compatibility reasons. Mystik JT-6 hi temp, lucas marine, and Omni Green Grease are good choices as well.
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#3989161 - 01/24/16 10:44 PM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: garlicbreadman]
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#3989195 - 01/25/16 12:11 AM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: garlicbreadman]
KingCake Offline


Registered: 11/19/15
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Ford Lincoln Mercury Grease. Either from Ford or Valvoline at Autozone.

It's the only grease I know of besides some GM stuff that has polyethylene particles in it to dampen vibration and noise. It also has moly.

BUT--if you got Mobil grease at home already just use that I doubt you'll notice the diff.

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#3989210 - 01/25/16 01:11 AM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: KingCake]
garlicbreadman Offline


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Originally Posted By: KingCake
Ford Lincoln Mercury Grease. Either from Ford or Valvoline at Autozone.

It's the only grease I know of besides some GM stuff that has polyethylene particles in it to dampen vibration and noise. It also has moly.

BUT--if you got Mobil grease at home already just use that I doubt you'll notice the diff.


I think i will pick up some of the stuff you mentioned. I assume this type of grease is rubber safe?
http://www.valvoline.com/our-products/grease-gear-oil/moly-fortified-multi-purpose-grease

I dont like the m1 stuff. It seems to run....i used it in a balljoint and the boot is covered in grease.

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#3989213 - 01/25/16 01:32 AM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: garlicbreadman]
KingCake Offline


Registered: 11/19/15
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Originally Posted By: garlicbreadman
Originally Posted By: KingCake
Ford Lincoln Mercury Grease. Either from Ford or Valvoline at Autozone.

It's the only grease I know of besides some GM stuff that has polyethylene particles in it to dampen vibration and noise. It also has moly.

BUT--if you got Mobil grease at home already just use that I doubt you'll notice the diff.


I think i will pick up some of the stuff you mentioned. I assume this type of grease is rubber safe?
http://www.valvoline.com/our-products/grease-gear-oil/moly-fortified-multi-purpose-grease

I dont like the m1 stuff. It seems to run....i used it in a balljoint and the boot is covered in grease.


Yes the red M1 does separate real bad. Why I quit using it.

The Ford grease is what ford uses in all their ball joints and ties rods. It won't hurt the boot. You can get it in a tube also.

O'reilly and Autozone both carry it.

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#3989337 - 01/25/16 07:21 AM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: garlicbreadman]
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The best grease for tie rods and ball joints i have used over the years bar none is the Schaeffer 238 #2. From what you have the Mobil 1 would be my second choice.

http://stores.buyschaefferoil.com/products/schaeffer-238-grease-moly-ultra-supreme-1-2-3-1-tube.html
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#3992234 - 01/27/16 09:06 PM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: Trav]
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Originally Posted By: Trav
The best grease for tie rods and ball joints i have used over the years bar none is the Schaeffer 238 #2. From what you have the Mobil 1 would be my second choice

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#3992322 - 01/27/16 11:42 PM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: garlicbreadman]
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As another posted mentioned, I really like the Valvoline Synpower grease. It seems to stay put very well and with the spec's and the moly content it lubricates very well.

Additionally its extremely versitile. It offers an extended temp range to cover cold winters and hot disc brakes, moly to help in high loads like ball joints... but not so much moly to cause problems in bearings (I don't have it writen anywhere but IIRC valvoline claims 1%). Plus, I've had the same tube in my gun for about two years with nary a drip or leakage. Its kept in the garage 80% of the year but I store inside during winter so I can use it if needed without waiting for the grease to warm up to an easily pumpable temp.

edit: I feel compelled to add... also based on my own understanding, the key ingredient to tube rod lube is refreshing the grease as needed. Basically almost any qualified grease will work perfectly as long as you regrease it as needed.
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#3992329 - 01/28/16 12:05 AM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: garlicbreadman]
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Thanks all.
Got me a tub of the Synpower grease. Can't wait. Ebay has the best prices as well...free ship and no tax laugh

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Grease-Ext-Pres-and-High-Temp-1lb-Gray-VV986-/111759138466?hash=item1a055d1ea2:g:ozMAAOSwTapV5Hdt&item=111759138466&vxp=mtr

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#4014328 - 02/18/16 11:13 AM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: garlicbreadman]
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Loc: Sweden / Stockholm
Originally Posted By: garlicbreadman

mobil 1 synthetic grease (i used this red goop on my upper control arm ball joint and the rubber boot is all moist)


The red Mobil 1 grease is the worst garbage i ever used, Its completely useless.
The last application i tried to use it on before i threw it away was on door hinges but not even on that simple application it worked well.
It separates instantly..
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#4025406 - 02/29/16 02:54 PM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: magnus308]
garlicbreadman Offline


Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 866
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: magnus308
Originally Posted By: garlicbreadman

mobil 1 synthetic grease (i used this red goop on my upper control arm ball joint and the rubber boot is all moist)


The red Mobil 1 grease is the worst garbage i ever used, Its completely useless.
The last application i tried to use it on before i threw it away was on door hinges but not even on that simple application it worked well.
It separates instantly..


I agree, i dont like it at all

I installed the boot and regreased with valvoline synpower. Feels good, feels like before lol

Thanks for those who suggested the valvoline product. So far happy with it and will use it for many things.

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#4025550 - 02/29/16 05:49 PM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: magnus308]
tig1 Offline


Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 13661
Loc: Illinois
Originally Posted By: magnus308
Originally Posted By: garlicbreadman

mobil 1 synthetic grease (i used this red goop on my upper control arm ball joint and the rubber boot is all moist)


The red Mobil 1 grease is the worst garbage i ever used, Its completely useless.
The last application i tried to use it on before i threw it away was on door hinges but not even on that simple application it worked well.

It separates instantly..


I have used M1 grease for many years(at least 20) and have found it to lubricate very well. My old 91 Ford Ranger was greased with M1 and in 354K (miles) never had to replace a greased part. The same for the front wheel bearings that was greased with M1. Actually, the better grease does separate a little. Here is an article that explains why grease must separate(bleeding) to lubricate properly.

http://www.machinerylubrication.com/Read/28761/storing-grease-to-avoid-bleed-separation-


Edited by tig1 (02/29/16 05:56 PM)
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#4044221 - 03/20/16 04:47 PM Re: Tie-rod ball joint grease? [Re: garlicbreadman]
Piston_slap Offline


Registered: 08/06/11
Posts: 136
Loc: Va.
Originally Posted By: garlicbreadman
Originally Posted By: KingCake
Ford Lincoln Mercury Grease. Either from Ford or Valvoline at Autozone.

It's the only grease I know of besides some GM stuff that has polyethylene particles in it to dampen vibration and noise. It also has moly.

BUT--if you got Mobil grease at home already just use that I doubt you'll notice the diff.


I think i will pick up some of the stuff you mentioned. I assume this type of grease is rubber safe?
http://www.valvoline.com/our-products/grease-gear-oil/moly-fortified-multi-purpose-grease

I dont like the m1 stuff. It seems to run....i used it in a balljoint and the boot is covered in grease.


I bought my first tub of Valvoline Ford/Mercury back in the 1970's as this grease exceeded all manufacture's standards at the time. It's wonderful grease that you can depend on.
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