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zerk fitting sizing for ball joint #4806780
07/06/18 11:31 AM
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I purchased an AC Delco Professional lower ball joint for the Maxima and it came without the zerk fitting. The whole where the fitting should go is 6mm and has no threads. I see 6mm, 1/4" (6.35mm) and 7mm zerk fittings.
What should be the right size zerk fitting?


1997 Maxima 195k, Castrol GTX Synblend 5W-30, FL400S
2004 Corolla 196k, VWB 5w20 + SSS 10w40, MGL4967
Re: zerk fitting sizing for ball joint [Re: zorobabel] #4806892
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I put a 3/16 hole in a ball joint and the Zerk I had threaded in easily. A dab of RTV works too. I would get a couple of each.


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Re: zerk fitting sizing for ball joint [Re: zorobabel] #4806897
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I will bet that it was supposed to have a drive-style zerk installed at the factory, but it did not get it. Unless it missed both the tapping of the hole and the zerk getting put in the box.


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Re: zerk fitting sizing for ball joint [Re: zorobabel] #4807063
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Originally Posted By: zorobabel
. The whole where the fitting should go is 6mm and has no threads.


I'm guessing that you need a self-tapping zerk. I had a discussion about them with a seasoned NAPA counter man a few months ago. He told me that there was no such thing...until I showed him some.

Re: zerk fitting sizing for ball joint [Re: Kruse] #4807075
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Never mind I see its a Delco. Moog takes 1/4"-28, try that. Fastenal has them.

Last edited by Trav; 07/06/18 06:04 PM.

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Re: zerk fitting sizing for ball joint [Re: zorobabel] #4810468
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Thanks for the replies!
I got the replacement today and the initial one I received (subject of this thread) is going back.
This is the old one, with some casting defect for the boot.

No thread where the (missing from the package) grease fitting should go

The new one with threads and included grease fitting.


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