Dodge Omni/Horizon/Rampage 1978-1989 Repair Guide

Chassis Greasing

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TIE ROD ENDS



There are only 2 points on the car that require periodic greasing. The tie-rod end ball joints are semi-permanently lubricated and should be lubricated every 3 years or 30,000 miles (48,270 km), whichever occurs first. These joints should also be inspected whenever the car is serviced for other reasons. Damaged seals should be replaced.

To lubricate the tie rod end ball joints:

  1. Clean the accumulated dirt and grease from the outside of the seal area to permit a close inspection.
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  3. Clean the grease fitting and surrounding area.
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  5. Using a grease gun fill the joint with fresh grease.
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  7. Stop filling when the grease begins to flow freely from the areas at the base of the seal or when the seal begins to balloon.
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  9. Wipe off the excess grease.
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STEERING SHAFT SEAL



The steering shaft seal where the steering shaft passes through the dash is lubricated at manufacture. If the seal becomes noisy when the steering shaft is turned, it should be relubricated with multi-purpose chassis grease, NLGI Grade 2 EP.

BALL JOINTS



The 2 lower front suspension ball joints are permanently lubricated at the factory. Inspect the joints whenever the car is serviced for other reasons. Damaged seals should be replaced to prevent leakage of grease.

CLUTCH CABLE



If the clutch cable begins to make odd noises or if the effort to depress the clutch becomes excessive, lubricate the clutch cable ball end with multi-purpose chassis grease NLGI Grade 2 EP.



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Fig. Fig. 1 Lubricate the clutch cable ball end

FLOORSHIFT CONTROL LINKAGE



The gearshift control linkage should be lubricated whenever the shifting effort becomes excessive or if the linkage exhibits a rattling noise. Use a multi-purpose chassis grease NLGI Grade 2 EP. Remove the unit and lubricate the spherical balls, metal caps and shaft and lubricate each plastic grommet or bushing.



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Fig. Fig. 2 Lubricate the linkage at all pivot and sliding contact areas

DRIVESHAFT CV-JOINTS



The car has 4 constant velocity joints. No periodic lubrication is required, but the joint seals should be inspected for damage or leakage whenever the car is serviced. If damage is found, replace the CV-joint boot and seal and fill with fresh grease immediately. Failure to do so will eventually require complete replacement of the constant velocity joint.

PARTS REQUIRING NO LUBRICATION



Some components are permanently lubricated. Some parts will be adversely affected by lubricants. In particular, rubber bushings should not be lubricated, since it will destroy their frictional characteristics. Parts that should not be lubricated are:



Alternator bearings
 
Drive belts
 
Fan idler belt pulley
 
Front wheel bearings
 
Rubber bushings
 
Starter bearings
 
Suspension strut bearing
 
Throttle cable control
 
Throttle linkage
 
Water pump bearings
 

 
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