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Grease fittings in 2005 LS Impala

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:13 pm    Post subject:  Grease fittings in 2005 LS Impala Reply with quote

Hi folks!

I apologize for a potentially a stupid question. Are there any grease fittings in an 2005 Impala LS.

I've been doing my oil change myself for a few years now and didn't realize if I should check those too.

The search doesn't produce any results.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

There aren't a lot of serviceable parts.

You could check the swaybar endlinks in the rear. Factory style does not include grease nipples but some aftermarket ones do.

You could also regrease the slider pins for the brake calipers.

Otherwise, just basic stuff like checking oft-ignored fluids, like brake fluid (24 month lifespan), trans fluid and power steering fluid.

You should add your car to the garage so everyone knows what you own, instead of having to ask.

I'm assuming you have a 3800 motor in the car, given that you're saying it's an LS.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:22 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks Lingenfelter!

I've added my car to the garage, yeah, it has a 3.8 motor in it.

So, basically you're saying none of the ball joints or tie rod ends need to be periodically greased. They are sealed, I assume?
The previous generation Impalas had like 6 grease points...I guess they changed them for the 2005 Gen
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

When I removed my factory tie rod ends and control arms (incl balljoints), I noticed there was a threaded opening for a grease nipple, but no grease nipple mounted (tie rod ends, either side). I didn't notice any fittings on the ball joint.

You could confirm the serviceability with the local dealer (just call and ask), but I had never done mine and just replaced them about a month ago on my 2003 LS.(about 140,000 miles on it)

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:37 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I can't think of any grease fittings on the OEM suspension. I didn't need to pick up a grease gun until I put some Moog end links on the rear sway bar and a Moog tie rod up front.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

A lot of aftermarket ball joints and tie rod ends do have grease fittings, so I'd check them if they have been replaced.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:21 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks!
So what does a grease fitting looks like? What would I look for?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:28 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

They look like this:


They would be screwed in underneath the ball joints, and on top of the tie rod ends.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks so much, outonthetiles!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:45 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Np, good luck!

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