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Does water / ice affect greased joints?

Discussion in 'Lubrication' started by emmett518, Dec 20, 2021.

  1. emmett518

    emmett518 Senior Member

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    When I greased my backhoe in the summer after a rainstorm, sometimes water oozed out of the joint.

    What happens in the winter? We had a ton of rain, and then it froze. Can I still grease? How do I keep ice from cracking anything? Lumber prices are too high to build a pole barn yet.
     
  2. Vetech63

    Vetech63 Senior Member

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    If you grease often enough there shouldn't be any room for water to penetrate the area
     
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  3. Delmer

    Delmer Senior Member

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    Ice and water won't do as much harm as dirt and grit. Ice won't hurt anything in any greased joint I can think of, at least any joint loose enough to let rain water run in.
     
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    ianjoub Senior Member

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    Grease after use while warm instead of before use?
     
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  5. James Sorochan

    James Sorochan Well-Known Member

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    Agreed with all said above. If its cold, keep your grease gun and tubes in a warm spot and grease it after you've warmed up the pins from operating. If you are running all the time in winter you could use an EP-0 or EP-1 grease which will pump easier.
     
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  6. Steve Frazier

    Steve Frazier Founder Staff Member

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    There isn't enough water getting in to cause damage when it freezes
     
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