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Old 02-20-2021, 03:29 PM   #1
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Is it alright to use grease in the 1930 model-a steering box instead of 600wt oil?
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Old 02-20-2021, 03:44 PM   #2
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Must ... resist....


OK, since you're new here, this has been extensively discussed recently:

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=294412
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Old 02-20-2021, 04:26 PM   #3
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Hello Mister Moose,
Thanks for your reply. Put the grease in about 4 years ago. So far the A still steers good , I have no leaks, and the lights all work good. I'm 86 so I think it will work ok for me.
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Old 02-20-2021, 04:37 PM   #4
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If you put it in 4 years ago why ask now?
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Old 02-20-2021, 04:58 PM   #5
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Yep, its hard,,,


There is a lot of reading on this topic.
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I think that if you were to add your heavy weight oil to the steering box now, it would mix with the grease and work just fine. IMO, grease is fine in there (but our steering boxes get hotter than yours because of the proximity of the hot exhaust but that is beside the point).
The problem with grease is that is MAY tunnel. The addition of some oil will thin out the grease enough to prevent that.
That said, I put a grease nipple between the bushes on the sector shaft and put some thick oil in through there for those bearings.
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Old 02-21-2021, 08:43 AM   #7
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A modified end plate is available from the vendors to eliminate oil leaking into the light switch and onto the garage floor.
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Old 02-21-2021, 09:27 AM   #8
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good question.Just wanted other peoples opinion.
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The correct answer is NO.
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Old 02-21-2021, 06:13 PM   #10
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john Deere corn head grease.
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:58 PM   #11
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I would never use grease.....it will not give the lubrication you need. Go with the oil.

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Old 03-01-2021, 08:21 AM   #12
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The Ford service bulletins stress the point to NOT use grease in the steering boxes. Their point is that once the grease is forced out of the gear it is left dry and will rapidly wear and produce hard steering. The oil will continue to flow into the gear and sector to provide continued lubrication. The fitting that resembles a grease fitting was replaced by a plug in later production.
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:00 AM   #13
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I just rebuilt a 2 tooth steering box for one of our club members. The car he bought had at least 8 inches of play in the steering. When I took it apart, it was FULL of grease but not on the worm gear and teeth of the sector shaft. The bearings look PK but both the worm gear and sector shaft teeth had extreme wear. I would not use grease.
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:47 AM   #14
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Cluck do not use grease, it will be pushed away from were it needs to be. Use Corn head grease or tractor supply 00 grease.
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Old 03-01-2021, 01:49 PM   #15
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NEVER EVER use grease in the Model A steering box...except like our friends from down under who drive on the wrong side!

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Old 03-01-2021, 03:23 PM   #16
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PennRite steering box lube...................NO leakee.
Someone recently posted that Tractor Supply has something similar at less cost. FWIW
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Quote:
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The bearings look PK
What means PK?
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Old 03-02-2021, 02:27 PM   #18
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Undershot the "O" while typing. It's supposed to be "OK"
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Old 03-02-2021, 06:11 PM   #19
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John Deere corn head grease is a semi fluid lubricant, not thick as most of us know grease.
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Old 03-02-2021, 07:08 PM   #20
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I have Penrite, and there's a Tractor Suppply store near enough I can get some 00 grease.

If someone that has some JD Cornhead grease will mail me some, I'll perform some comparative tests. I'm thinking a pour test through an orifice the same diameter as the sector bushings would offer a good comparison.

Then we'll be down to just discussing motor oil and coolant.
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