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Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 12, 2020 03:42PM

I have been using the same can of wheel bearing grease for like what seems forever. Its not something you use a lot of for self maintenance. This can could easily be 30 plus years old or more. It still seems fine, doesn't seem dried out or anything, but just wondering.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

Bethlehem,Pa


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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: November 12, 2020 03:56PM

If it is the fiber type of grease toss it! If the oil has not separated out of the mix it is still good.

Ken Hand
Handy Car Care
248 613 8586

Vairmech@aol.com

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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 12, 2020 06:27PM

Had an old can of Sear fiber type, that is long gone once I needed high temp stuff for discs .

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

Bethlehem,Pa


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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: November 12, 2020 07:00PM

I just opened my last tube of Texaco grease gun grease from a batch I got over 35 years ago.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 113 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: November 13, 2020 06:07AM

Buy some modern grease for hi-temp and contains Moly.

Bob Vinnacombe
Sandy, Oregon
1965 Corsa 140 stock
1966 Monza Soon to be race car
1968 Monza Parts for now

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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: November 13, 2020 06:09AM

What kind of grease is considered "fiber grease?
I got several containers of old grease at estate sales this year and hadn't thought much about it.

Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com



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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: November 13, 2020 09:56AM

Oh, you will KNOW if it is Fiberated!eye popping smiley

It strings and you can see/feel the fibrous texture.

Quaker State said Fiberated (or similar wording) right on the label.

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: November 13, 2020 03:58PM

Frank DuVal Wrote:
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> Oh, you will KNOW if it is Fiberated!eye popping smiley
>
> It strings and you can see/feel the fibrous texture.
>
> Quaker State said Fiberated (or similar wording) right on the label.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

All I ca say is YUP! LOL

Ken Hand
Handy Car Care
248 613 8586

Vairmech@aol.com

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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: November 14, 2020 07:03AM

Do not use Mobil 1 red grease. It quickly separates. I use the grease for Ford vehicles. Good stuff.

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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: gnvair ()
Date: November 14, 2020 06:28PM

flat_six Wrote:
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> Do not use Mobil 1 red grease. It quickly separates. I use the grease for Ford vehicles. Good stuff.

I had the same experience. I used it in my grease gun to lube suspension parts in another car. The lower ball joints and the outer tie rods would leak or drip the oil that separated.
My go to has been the older blue Kendall.

Lee J

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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: November 14, 2020 06:39PM

gnvair Wrote:
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> flat_six Wrote:
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> > Do not use Mobil 1 red grease. It quickly separates. I use the grease for Ford vehicles. Good stuff.
>
> I had the same experience. I used it in my grease gun to lube suspension parts in another car. The lower ball joints and the outer tie rods would leak or drip the oil that separated.
> My go to has been the older blue Kendall.


To add more on this theme . . . . . .
We had two grease-guns hanging on the wall in the shop at work.
One which we used all of the time, and another one which NO ONE wanted to touch.
Why you may ask?
Well, it contained Red Grease, and it was always wet and slimy due to the separation that has been mentioned.
That thing had ooze seeping out of it, that was constantly dripping into a nasty red Blood Like puddle on the floor in the corner. eye popping smiley
Since no one ever used that grease gun, it never needed to be refilled, so I can not tell you what brand of grease was inside of it, but it WAS Red grease, and it DID separate! thumbs down

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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 15, 2020 05:41AM

flat_six Wrote:
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> Do not use Mobil 1 red grease. It quickly separates. I use the grease for Ford vehicles. Good stuff.



Thanks for pointing that out. Although I would never use this stuff for wheel bearings, I do use it. I used to use the Castrol light blue fully synthetic for many years, then it disappeared. So I went to Mobile 1 red. I thought the dripping was because my rubber boots were getting old. Or I was to lazy to wipe off the excess. This stuff literally ran down the backing plates and dripped off the bottom. So much for paying a premium price for a not so premium product. It will disappear from my guns for something else.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

Bethlehem,Pa


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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 15, 2020 06:25AM

[www.amazon.com]

I looked at the negative reviews on Amazon. Never paid attention before, because there were so many good reviews.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

Bethlehem,Pa


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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 15, 2020 06:40AM

What brand chassis grease do you guys use that doesn't have separation issues

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

Bethlehem,Pa


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Re: Can wheel bearing grease go bad?????
Posted by: gwrench ()
Date: November 15, 2020 06:16PM

Grease is something that I chased for quite a while for my work. Needed something that is really water resistant for golf course mowers. Rollers and bearing housings etc.

While lithium grease is most common, there's a number of different soaps that can be used to make grease. They have different pro's and cons. Barium and aluminum grease is the most water resistant. We now use a barium soap grease (swepco 105) that has been a great choice for dealing with water.

These different formulations sometimes have issues with compatibility. Separation is a common issue when the greases aren't compatible. Finding a grease compatibility chart is a good idea if you change the type of grease.[www.machinerylubrication.com]

The funny thing is when so much attention is given to brand but many users don't know if it's lithium or anything else.

For chassis grease a basic lithium seems fine to my way of thinking. Moly may be a good additive for bushings but no need in bearings.

Dale
Loveland, Colorado

1965 Monza 140 barn find

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