Repair Pontiac Mid-size 1974-1983 Repair Guide

Chassis Greasing

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FRONT SUSPENSION



Every year or 7,500 miles the front suspension ball joints, both upper and lower on each side of the car, must be greased. Most cars covered in this guide should be equipped with grease nipples on the ball joints, although some may have plugs which must be removed and nipples fitted.

Jack up the front end of the car and safely support it with jackstands. Block the rear wheels and firmly apply the parking brake. If the car has been parked in temperatures below 20°F for any length of time, park it in a heated garage for an hour or so until the ball joints loosen up enough to accept the grease.

Depending on which front wheel you work on first, turn the wheel and tire outward, either full-lock right or full-lock left. You now have the ends of the upper and lower suspension control arms in front of you; the grease nipples are visible pointing up (top ball joint) and down (lower ball joint) through the end of each control arm. If the nipples are not accessible enough, remove the wheel and tire. Wipe all dirt and crud from the nipples or from around the plugs (if installed). If plugs are on the car, remove them and install grease nipples in the holes (nipples are available in various thread sizes at most auto parts stores). Using a hand-operated, low pressure grease gun loaded with a quality chassis grease, grease the ball joint only until the rubber joint boot begins to swell out.

Do not pump so much grease into the ball joint that excess grease squeezes out of the rubber boot. This destroys the water-tight seal.

STEERING LINKAGE





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Fig. Fig. 1 Typical steering linkage grease nipple locations

The steering linkage should be greased at the same interval as the ball joints. Grease nipples are installed on the steering tie rod ends on most models. Wipe all dirt and crud from around the nipples at each tie rod end. Using a hand-operated, low pressure grease gun loaded with a suitable chassis grease, grease the linkage until the old grease begins to squeeze out around the tie rod ends. Wipe off the nipples and any excess grease. Also grease the nipples on the steering idler arms.

PARKING BRAKE LINKAGE





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Fig. Fig. 2 Parking brake cable lubrication points

Use chassis grease on the parking brake cable where it contacts the cable guides, levers and linkage.

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION LINKAGE



Apply a small amount of clean engine oil to the kickdown and shift linkage points at 7,500 mile intervals.

 
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