HOW TO GREASE FRONT-END ZERKS ON A VW BUS

by | 2018 | The Lills, VW Bus

The front-end of our VW Bus had never gotten any attention since we picked him up. Every 3,000 miles the front-end zerks, or grease fittings, should be fitted with a grease gun and pumped full of fresh grease. This was our first try at front-end zerk maintenance on our VW bus and we were lucky to only find 1 missing zerk to be replaced. We read all over that the size was 6mm, but the head size of ours turned out to be 9mm, straight zerks.

How To Grease The Front End Zerks Or Grease Fittings On A 1978 VW Bus:
  • Block the tires and jack up one side of the front-end. Weight must be off the side being greased.
  • Replace any missing or broken zerks (clean the area before installing). The new zerks just screw in.
  • Clean the zerks with a clean towel, until they shine.
  • Fit the connector of the grease gun over the zerk at an angle, then push it straight to make the connection. If grease comes out of the fitting, try and make a better connection and check the weight is off the side being greased.
  • Pump fresh grease in until it can be seen coming out of the joints on the torsion arms. The goal is to put in fresh grease, so keep pumping until new grease comes out of the joints.
  • Clean up any excess grease and keep any rubber hose (brakes) in the area grease-free.
  • Repeat for each zerk. We have 2 on the left, 2 on the right and 1 in the center. If torsion arm zerks are found, grease those too.
  • Lower the bus, block the tires and jack the other side. Repeat the process for greasing the remaining zerks.
  • That should do it for another 3,000 miles 🙂

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