June 7, 2005Are there lube points on this car, or is it all maintenance-free?
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June 7, 2005yep..I've seen them when I was under the car. Let me look in the manual.
June 8, 2005I didn't think that there were any lube points on the car. Hell, I could be wrong...it wouldn't be the first time.
June 8, 2005IIRC, the stuff from the factory doesn't come with Lube points/ grease fittings...I know for sure the ball joints, control arm bushings, and tie-rod ends dont. Once they are replaced, even with oem ford parts, they'll have them.
Not quite sure why Ford does this...maybe trying to make a buck selling you a whole new ball joint rather than just lubing them?
June 8, 2005How I look at questions...
First one...never would I consider it stupid.
Second one...maybe you should right it down now.
Third one...ok, now it is a stupid question.
June 8, 2005Mike:
"Once they are replaced, even with oem ford parts, they'll have them."
Really? I didn't know that. It seems odd & expensive to have one set of parts for production and another set for replacement.
On my Dakota I used to own, there were problems all the time with the "sealed" ball joints and dodge kept replacing them with more sealed joints...one of reasons I sold that hunk of crap.
June 8, 2005I had a ball joint and a tie rod end replaced a few years ago at the Ford dealership. Both of them had zerk fittings on them for greasing, while the stockers on the other side do not. I may be mistaken, but I would tend to assume they used Ford OEM parts.
IMO, "sealed" suspension pieces are just non-repairable pieces. Instead of just having to hook up a grease gun, the dealer can charge you parts and labor to put a new piece on when the old one fails from not being lubed properly.
June 8, 2005I hate that. The '89 had zerg fittings on it that I lubed with each oil change. I looked on the 02 and was like 'errrrrrrr.......