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Old 06-11-2019, 08:59 AM
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I went to use a grease gun on my my bearing buddy and the nozzle wouldn’t come off the zerk. I watched a YouTube vid on how to remove it but I ended up breaking the zerk right off. The zerk is stuck in the gun which is now removed but it looks like I’ll need to buy a new bearing buddy and a new grease gun. A 10 minute job turned into a 3 hour one.

Is the bearing buddy salvageable if I get the zerk off the gun? (How might I do that?) There a hole there now (on buddy) and it’s got a slight bend in it.

I was using a straight nozzle. Would a hose style grease gun nozzle make things easier for removal? Do they make any easy release guns?

If this happens again I’ll probably lose my shit haha.

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Old 06-11-2019, 09:10 AM
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You should be able to replace just the zerk fitting on your bearing buddy. Its likely a stainless steel zerk, but I wouldnt be too worried about using non stainless with how coated they typically are with grease.

I grease hundreds of zerk fittings every month on farm equipment and I've never broken one off, so I would think something else was up with it. I exclusively use the fixed nozzles for easier reach since kubota likes to make grease points hard to reach, so I don't think that is your issue.

I cant help with removing the broken fitting from the gun but you could try a small drill bit into the end to pull it out. Otherwise just replace the coupling on the end of the nozzle
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:14 AM
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I use a hose on my grease guns for this reason. Sometimes the end fitting needs to be moved around to get it to disengage from the zerk. When they stick I move it around, pushing down on it to move the locking mechanism. It's usually grit that prevents the lock from disengaging so pushing the locking mechanism into side of the zerk knocks it past whatever's keeping it from releasing. Once the lock moves you should be able to pull it off right then.

The BB may be recoverable. Use a screw-in bolt extrator bit to back out the base of the zerk so a new one can go in. Who cares if there's a slight bend in the zerk? It'll still take grease.

Others may insist the axle must be replaced. If they pay for it -why not?
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:18 AM
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I have never had one break off, but I have had some that sure didn't want to let go and really seemed like it was going to break. Never have figured out what's up with that.
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:23 AM
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zerks are pressed in or threaded. so it didnt break off, most likely just worked loose. go to napa get a new one and press in and call it done!
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:56 AM
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You should be able to take the end of the grease gun apart and remove the broken zerk.

I agree with the earlier posting about the BB... should be able to pop a new on in there too. Might have to remove the cap to do that.
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:50 AM
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Thanks for the replies. What is the size of the fitting I will need if I go to an auto parts store? I just looked some up online and there are several sizes. They are about 70 cents for one so not bad. I do know that the one that came off was threaded. It looks like when it got yanked out that the hole left behind is a little warped from that. If it can be adjusted and fixed then great but if it is compromised and could let water in I'll gladly buy a new pack of bearings. I think I have to buy the pair unfortunately.
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Did you try to unscrew the top of the grease gun while it was attached to the zerk? That seems to relieve some of the suction and lets you removes them easier
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I've had to pry my grease gun off of the zerks on my boat lift with a big, flat-head screwdriver using more force that I'm comfortable with. That tool above looks like it would prevent such occurrences.
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:03 AM
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Most all grease gun tips will unscrew between the sections that make up the tip. The pressure will relieve easily before you break off your next fitting. All mine are only on finger tight.
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Thanks again. I'll have to remember to unscrew the nozzle if it gets stuck. That sounds like a good point.

Does anyone know the size of that grease fitting? It's for a 1.98 hub. I keep seeing sizes like (1/4" -28) and (1/8" - 28) on Advance Auto parts. Also see "M6" and "M8". No clue and they are out of stock of several of these so I can't just buy them all. There variety pack is almost the cost of a new bearing so that's pointless to get. Thanks.
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Do you have a true value locally? Mine has them in stock.
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Old 06-11-2019, 12:24 PM
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BB will use SAE sizes. The Ms are metric. I'd go with a 1/8" first. You should be able to exchange it if it's the wrong side. Alternatively, bring in the head of the grease fitting with the broken zirk in it and tell them you need "one of these". Match up the base of the new zirk with the base of the busted one.

I mean you had enough money to buy and operate the boat but you're getting hung up on purchasing an extra a zirk fitting?
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To late for OP but use slim needle nose pliers as a wedge to remove stuck grease gun tip from a zerk.
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Grease gun coupler

i have a few of these left. They are awesome
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Originally Posted by ERock82 View Post
Thanks again. I'll have to remember to unscrew the nozzle if it gets stuck. That sounds like a good point.

Does anyone know the size of that grease fitting? It's for a 1.98 hub. I keep seeing sizes like (1/4" -28) and (1/8" - 28) on Advance Auto parts. Also see "M6" and "M8". No clue and they are out of stock of several of these so I can't just buy them all. There variety pack is almost the cost of a new bearing so that's pointless to get. Thanks.
Buy whole assortment box. They cheap enough and require periodical replacement

https://www.jmesales.com/national-sp...iABEgLxCvD_BwE

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Originally Posted by Marlin009 View Post
x100. I saw that on another site and thought the same thing. Ordering one now but bc my grease gun has a hose and sometimes pops off and we all know what the outcome is.
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Originally Posted by Cobia 217 View Post
x100. I saw that on another site and thought the same thing. Ordering one now but bc my grease gun has a hose and sometimes pops off and we all know what the outcome is.
I have some for sale on here I just posted the link
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Originally Posted by WillyC27 View Post
Most all grease gun tips will unscrew between the sections that make up the tip. The pressure will relieve easily before you break off your next fitting. All mine are only on finger tight.
Yep. I frequently have to back off a couple threads to get it to come off.

OP putting in a new fitting is an option but a bearing buddy costs like $12.
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