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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 2006, 10:21 pm Thread Starter
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Question Front axle grease

Getting ready to do my own tires for the first time (and avoid the $50 per wheel the ~90 miles away dealer is charging)...Manual refers to lightly coat the front quick release (haha) axle, and the bearing cover with 'Shell Retinax EP2' grease for the front. Anyone know the name of an acceptable subsitute or where I can pick it up at? I can find nothing in the archive or the new forums.

I am not familar with the "details" to look for in axle grease...assume temperature is at least one of them.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 2006, 6:54 am
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Because I happen to have a tin about and because the purpose here is 'anti-seize' rather the lubrication (the axle is clamped rigid) I use copper loaded grease which I use sparingly around pad backs as well. Temperature is not an issue. Being pedantic, removal by water might be and a second bet could be waterproof marine grease - although it tends to now be graphited black and horrible, so I still prefer my nice brown copper grease.

You could probably use anything here, including Vaseline, and it would be ok as long as you are not re-packing bearings.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 2006, 8:27 am Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info, I did not even think about the color of the grease...found this as well -

Appears it is a mineral based oil, lithium soap, NLGI grade 2, from -30°C to 120°C. Not sure what I will find at the auto places, but it is a start.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 2006, 8:58 am
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Re-read what Vox said. The axle lube is for corrosion, not lubrication. You don,t need anything fancy.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 2006, 9:27 am Thread Starter
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Sorry, you are right, I over looked the "purpose" here. I need to get my "bearings" straight obviously
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 2006, 9:34 am
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A good one for this might be plumbers grease, a clear, silicone, waterproof type made for faucets,water supply and drains. Local hardware or plumbing supply.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 2006, 12:47 pm
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lithium stuff

I just use plain 'ole lithium based axle grease. It cost a couple bucks at the auto shop.

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