Ford Windstar 1995-1998 Repair Guide

Chassis Greasing


Ball joints, suspension bushings and driveline joints are permanently lubricated at the factory and require no periodic lubrication. However, many aftermarket parts used to replace these components will contain a provision for lubrication. The easiest way to determine if a component can be lubricated is to look for a grease (Zerk®) fitting.

Although the manufacturer does not recommend an interval, the editors of this information feel the chassis should be lubricated every 10,000 miles (16,000 km).


  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  3. Locate all grease fittings on the vehicle. They are usually located on the at ball joints, suspension bushings and universal joints.

Some grease fittings may be obscured by road dirt or grease from an over zealous chassis lubrication.

  1. Inspect the boot or seal for damage and replace as necessary. It is useless to attempt filling a damaged boot with grease as it will probably leak out.
  3. Remove the grease fitting cap.
  5. Clean the area around the grease fitting with a rag.
  7. Connect a grease gun to the fitting and pump grease into the joint until the boot or seal swells slightly. On a well maintained vehicle, this should be no more than 3-4 pumps.

Do not overfill the component with grease. If grease exits the boot or seal, it is overfill.

  1. Remove the grease gun and install the grease fitting cap.
  3. Lower the vehicle.