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    Near where the driveline hooks into the pump from the engine there is a grease fitting. What grease needs to go in this fitting and how much? Just don't want to wreck my pump. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by JetBoatCop View Post
    Near where the driveline hooks into the pump from the engine there is a grease fitting. What grease needs to go in this fitting and how much? Just don't want to wreck my pump. Thanks

    Eric
    Use a good quality extreme pressure grease (the red stuff). I use the Sta-Lube Extreme Pressure, which is highly recommended by my pump guy (Jim Coffey at Performance Jet). You can get it at any Napa Auto Parts as well as a few others.

    Just keep pumping it in until you see it start to leak out the rear thrust bearing seal and call it good.



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    Eric , don't overfill/overgrease that brg cavity . The Front thrust bearing should only be about two thirds full (not "packed") , overfilling can cause brg overheating and premature failure unless this is a new build which would need grease) or its leaking significantly or contaminated its likley Ok Tom

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    what tom said x2

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    Does anyone do a remote zerk fitting? Mine is a pain in the ass to get too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rIVERtRASH View Post
    Does anyone do a remote zerk fitting? Mine is a pain in the ass to get too.

    Use a flex cable hooked up to your grease gun. I could use mine to lube the zerks on the back of my trailer hibs while the wheels where still on the trailer. Autozone for like 5 bucks or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delemorte View Post
    Use a flex cable hooked up to your grease gun. I could use mine to lube the zerks on the back of my trailer hibs while the wheels where still on the trailer. Autozone for like 5 bucks or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rIVERtRASH View Post
    Does anyone do a remote zerk fitting? Mine is a pain in the ass to get too.
    Someone actually makes a "pressure luber" for them.

    You remove the grease zerk, screw the luber in, and grease the zerk atop IT.

    It is a clear container (to see the grease level), spring loaded similar to a "Bearing Buddy" and keeps a slight positive pressure of grease on the bearing.

    I don't think it's a "must-have" item, and, as JBPerf. noted, when the thrust bearing is brim full, the bearing gets HOTTER than when it's mostly full.

    It does save the occasional gymnastics to grease it.

    Last one I saw, cost was right at $100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rIVERtRASH View Post
    Does anyone do a remote zerk fitting? Mine is a pain in the ass to get too.
    Jet thrust brgs don't "use" grease such as an engine burns oil ,so once properly assembled and lubed unless "depleted, leaking or conatminated IMO they need no more attention than a auto wheel brg, again over lubing just over fills the cavity makes for leaks and messes etc if you want to check to get a "feel" for the amount in the brg carefully loosen the bearing retainer cap and move it foward a little to eyeball things Tom

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    My orig. berk manual, says to squirt with a little grease every 10 hours of run-time.

    Now, if you drive hard, you MIGHT get that in over a weekend.

    Some folks, that's a month worth.

    It only takes a few (as in 3) pumps once it has been filled once.

    Excess grease WILL push past the seals, and make a fine mess flinging off a 5,000 RPM shaft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokinLowriderSS View Post
    My orig. berk manual, says to squirt with a little grease every 10 hours of run-time.

    Now, if you drive hard, you MIGHT get that in over a weekend.

    Some folks, that's a month worth.

    It only takes a few (as in 3) pumps once it has been filled once.

    Excess grease WILL push past the seals, and make a fine mess flinging off a 5,000 RPM shaft.

    FWIW, lubricants have come a long way since the Berkeley owners manual was in print, I only lube mine twice a year (at the beginning and the end of the season), just to displace any moisture in the cavity, otherwise let it roll, I have been using Amsoils marine high temp grease for the last 8 seasons without any issues at all, I use the same grease in the u-joints...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokinLowriderSS View Post
    Someone actually makes a "pressure luber" for them.
    You remove the grease zerk, screw the luber in, and grease the zerk atop IT.
    It is a clear container (to see the grease level), spring loaded similar to a "Bearing Buddy" and keeps a slight positive pressure of grease on the bearing....
    Last one I saw, cost was right at $100.
    As mentioned above...I purchased this auto greaser from Grainger. Maybe $40 bucks and came with different pressure springs.
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    I like the auto oiler things. Where all are they sold? Thanks for the suggestion!

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    As for the auto oilers...... I do believe that is the reason for my wasted thrust bearing and newly smoked 496 bottom end.

    I always visually make sure it was filled by the sight line and more than likely ran the pump dry for many river trips because of the springs failure.

    About $3000 later it's hard to beat a $1.00 zerk fitting for piece of mind.

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