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Grease consists of oil suspended in a viscous thickening material to hold it in place.

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Is Anti-Seize a lubricant, abrasive, or both?

I'll flesh my personal bias at the outset - being a heavy diesel mechanic for a time, and mechanically inclined my entire life, I use Anti-Seize wherever I can. If it has threads and it's not part of ...
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Are there different greases for inner and outer CV joints?

I was watching a video by Eric the Car Guy on changing a CV boot. In it he mentioned that there are two different types of grease, for inner and outer CV joints, which can be identified by the colour ...
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How do I apply dielectric grease to my battery?

I recently had a new battery installed in my 2006 Subaru Forester. The shop did not use any dielectric grease, just connected the leads to the terminal and that's it. What is the preferred method of ...
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Avoiding the grease, dirt and oil from getting onto the skin and under the nails?

I started learning to maintain my motorcycle on my own, and cleaned the chain and lubricated it yesterday. Ended up with grease+oil smeared all over my hands and under the nails which haven't gone off ...
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How to stiffen up a loose ball & socket joint for a motorcycle mirror?

I have bar-end mirrors on my Buell 1125CR. They're fairly heavy anodized aluminum pieces that pivot on a ball & socket joint for adjusting the angle of view. One of them fits snugly on the joint, ...
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Should lost CV gaiter grease be replaced?

I discovered a small hole, possibly a puncture, in an outer CV gaiter on the front. The hole was right next to/under the (outer) metal ring holding the CV gaiter, so it wasn't in a very flexible bit. ...
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Which grease should I use on wiper mechanisms?

The front wiper mechanism on my 1988 Porsche 944 has become a bit slow moving and I plan to fix it. On my car the wiper crank arms go through sockets in a frame, the crank arms are moved back and ...
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What do you do with dielectric grease on spark plugs?

There seems to be a lot of conflicting answers on what you're supposed to do with dielectric grease. The instructions on the grease I bought says to squeeze it into the boot, but everywhere I've read ...
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How important is bulb grease when changing low-beam or high-beam headlights?

Do I really need bulb grease when changing low-beam or high-beam?
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Do good shocks have any oil below the top half?

Is oil below the top half of shocks indicative of failure, or is it supposed to be visible? One repair tech said that any oil below the top half of a shock indicates failure. Another repair tech ...
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Amount of grease needed on a typical wheel bearing.

Replacing front wheel bearings on a RWD truck. Inner and Outer. Will 14oz tube of grease be plenty? Is there a rough estimate per bearing or does it depend on the type?
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Knock sensor ground and dieletric grease

The knock sensor for my 2001 Subaru Outback grounds through the engine block. I've seen various advice about whether to put dielectric grease on the underside (where the grounding takes place). Some ...
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What is the best way to clean axle components?

I'm currently servicing (changing seals/gaskets, some cleaning and repainting some parts) my front axle on a Toyota Land Cruiser 87. I'm also putting new brake rotors/calipers/pads. What is the best ...
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Should I apply grease to my trailer hook?

I have never applied grease to my trailer hook. As a result, it looks like this : I have been told that I should not grease it (something to do with the friction being important for... something?). ...
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Wheel bearing grease quantity

I own a Ford Ranger and want to know whether to pack extra grease in the hub, especially in the space between the inside bearing and the seal and within the spindle cap outside the outer bearing. I ...
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Should I grease an axle when I replace it on my motorcycle

I have a taken the front wheel out of my motorcycle to replace the tyre. When I put the axle back in is it a good idea to grease it? If so what type of grease should I use?
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Are silicone and dielectric greases interchangeable?

Today I was servicing my front brakes and one slide pin on each side was frozen in the bracket. After removing and cleaning everything I went to grease the pins but realized I ran out of silicone ...
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Should starter pinion be greased?

When replacing a starter (or reinstalling the old one), should the pinion that powers the flywheel (is that actually the flywheel?) be greased or not?
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2007 Escalade - grease on front axle

07 Escalade 6.2L AWD I had the front RH wheel off and saw this: Is the grease from the wheel bearing, or the axle? Can this sort of thing be repacked, or should I replace the axle (and/or bearing)? ...
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Hub bearing grease: regular or for cv joint?

The car I'm rebuilding uses this kind of bearing in the transmission axles hubs. Which grease should they use? Regular or the one for C.V. joints?
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Heating grease for immersion-greasing bearings: is it correct?

I have seen this many times, specially when trying to prolong clutch releasing bearings when no replacement is available. Bearings like those can't be easily re-greased, like tapper rollers for ...
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Installing Moog stabilizer / sway bar links on 2002 Ford Focus

I am installing both front sway bar links on my 2002 Ford Focus SE wagon. I ordered a pair of "MOOG K80066 Stabilizer Bar Link Kits". They did not come with any instructions, and I am totally new to ...
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Safe way to clean oil sludge around the engine?

My Case 85xt Skid Steer has a hydraulic leak somewhere but the engine area is covered in oil sludge so I can't tell where it is coming from. Is it safe to use de-greaser and or water around the engine ...
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Do you need to grease wheel hubs

I just replaced the wheel hubs on my car and I was wondering if you need to pack the whole spindle with grease like you do on the older style of wheel bearings?
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How much grease when packing wheel bearings? [duplicate]

My Kia failed its annual safety inspection so I'm going to be replacing the front wheel bearings (both front wheels have top-to-bottom play when up on the lift). Some people say you should only use ...
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Serpentine belt area has insane amount of gunk

I had to replace the alternator on my Toyota Tacoma V6 4L and I noticed an ungodly amount of gunk collected on and around the old one. The truck is 2007 with just over 100K mi on it. The old ...
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Engine grease fell into combustion chamber

I was changing a spark plug out on a 2000 Ford Expedition with a 5.4L Triton, with the coils on the plugs (COP), and I'm worried about how dirty it was. I was being as careful as possible, but I know ...