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Old 03-06-2016, 09:54 AM   #393
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It's a hobby! Probably no more expensive that drinking or doing drugs. You get a sense of accomplishment, keep your mind active, and feel better.
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Old 03-06-2016, 10:39 AM   #394
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Old 03-06-2016, 11:00 AM   #395
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Before AS MoHos my habit was boats. Got tired of laying in my back in bilge water to grease all the drive and steering bearings.

Installed a remote greaser. Became a one handed job so you could hold your beer in the other.
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I must say I am honored to be mentioned among such a knowledgeable group of moho owners.

That being said one of my driving characteristics is that I am quite lazy. If I can find an easy way to do it, that is the direction I take. With that in mind remote grease access is a great idea. There is however one thing that bothers me. You do not get eyes and hands on what you are greasing. It's great to know you have plenty of lubrication but it is hard to beat having your eyes and paws intimately involved in the innards and underbellies of these aluminum skinned beasts. It is a great way to observe and try to stay ahead of those things that can really ruin your day when they fail.

Getting back to the Isuzu water pump fitting. My personal choice of grease gun is a pistol grip type that can be operated with one had. Instead of the hard pipe between the gun and coupling I have installed two lengths of flexible hose. This allows you to reach the difficult fittings without having to find room for the gun too. Remember I am lazy and always look for the easy. One day while crawling around under the beast I was feeling unusually flexible and was able to grease the water pump from the right front wheel well. That was a one time event and the normal greasing takes place from the top when the doghouse cover has been removed.
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Old 03-06-2016, 02:55 PM   #397
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So Dan, how often (ballpark) would you suggest giving it a shot of grease? Annually, at oil change?

In regards to being able to see and feel the zerk or part you are greasing, I was concerned about that too. Making sure I had a tight fit on the zerk and not just spewing grease all over the sides rather than penetrating into the pump. I managed to get my punkin back in there enough to actually see the zerk after I loaded it with grease. All seemed good. Unlike some parts though, I couldnt see when old grease oozes out and then you know that youve got the new grease where it belongs. On this water pump, do you just shoot it a lot and then some more, and figure thats enough? Its awfully close to the alternator belts and I was careful.
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Apparently I have paid for the next 5000 hours wheel time up front
Wheel time? I'm not sure I even remember what it's like to drive a motorhome

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And that is with with doing the majority of the research and a lot of the small fiddly work myself. For example, I 'wasted' (according to my wife) 6 hours yesterday experimenting with the best position/mechanism for fitting the rear view cameras on the rear light panel. That achieved I now have to modify the actual panel and drop it back to Airstream to refit this week.
That sounds about right. Remember in some ways you should consider yourself a designer and it takes time to design something and get it right. Very seldom does it come out right the first time.
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Lets see.....@55 mph x 4000 hrs = 220,000 miles, yeah I'm good for a while; so are you Mike.

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Thanks Dave! Ok so water pump grease change at 4000 hrs.. If we convert hrs to miles, and we will assume 90%? Of those miles are highway miles/speed, Ill say a conservative average might be 50miles = 1 hour. 4000 x 50 = 200000miles. I think the math is correct but the assumptions might not be. Even at an average speed of 25mph that would be a grease change at 100000 miles. Rough rough estimates I realize. Idling time, fuel stops, stop n go traffic through small towns, etc etc. I think Ill grease it a bit more often. The pump is new also (5000 miles or so).
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Oops, I posted too late Tony.
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Not sure of the source of the document but I would really like to find some detailed instructions on how to "change" the grease in my water pump.

I think the only other automotive application I have seen with a grease able water pump is a Model T Ford. It has a grease cup that you just give the cover a turn or two to lube the oilite bronze bushing. It is an aftermarket pump as Henry never used a water pump on a Model T.

I do have an hour meter in my coach but I'd have to walk out back to read it and dinner is just about ready so maybe later.
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I've seen them on industrial engines that run off 4000 hours in less than a year. That manual clip was from an excavator that probably averages 8 hrs a day or 4000 in 2 years. They are pretty common on marine engines. I would guess most get serviced annually. As long as you aren't pumping grease into the coolant or slinging it on to the belts, I'd say a shot every year wouldn't hurt on the type of use we see. Keeping a grease barrier for the coolant is as important as keeping moisture out of ball joints, control arms, and tie rod ends by greasing them. Mileage or hours might not be the determining factor.
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I think the only other automotive application I have seen with a grease able water pump is a Model T Ford. It has a grease cup that you just give the cover a turn or two to lube the oilite bronze bushing. It is an aftermarket pump as Henry never used a water pump on a Model T.
Triumph sports cars for years had greaseable water pumps. I think that changed sometime in the 60s.
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I've replaced a lot of bearings. With few exceptions they don't wear out. The failure is due to failure or contamination of the lubricant. Often from neglect or failure of the seal.
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