Where to find zerk fittings and possibility of reviving splines
The front drive shaft on my 85 has a screw or something in place of the zerk fitting on the front drive shaft. Because of this and the fact that my rear drive shaft splines were full of dirt, I'm curious if I can:
1) replace the screw with a zerk fitting and if so, should I just go to a junk yard and yank it out of any drive shaft I can find? or ??
2) pull the drive shaft apart (marking it first for reassembly) clean it, grease it and hopefully save the poor sorry thing.
This front end (ok, the whole truck) was poorly maintained before I got a hold of the truck. Little to no grease in the u-joints and the front pinion is leaking pretty bad so hopefully I've just blown a seal. I've pumped fresh grease thru the u-joints altho it would only come out 1 of the 4 exit points on the diff end of the drive shaft. The grease flowed smootly (albeit nasty brown ribbons) out of all 4 spots on both parts of the CV up by the diff.
I've been driving it locally around town with the front hubs unlocked, but the diff set in 4wd to hopefully exercise the ujoints up by the front diff to get the grease to work itself around. I'm wondering if I'm doing any good.
When I took the rear drive shaft in to Boulder Driveline, the ujoints and splines were trashed and ended up only using the flanges from the rear. I'm really hoping to not have to pay for a whole new front shaft. Please tell me it's all going to be ok.
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