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Old 03-14-2016, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I greased my bushing couple days ago, because they Squeaked terribly after 3 years of use.
Especially on twisting actions and on small or large bumps.

I drilled each metal arm where the bushing located all the way through the rubber to the metal sleeve and cut thread 1/4-28 and put auto-zone standard zerk fitting.

And pressed Lucas marine grease with grease gun.

I did it for all 3 front bushings on each side and the squeak gone away finally

I make a video of how I did it. the name on youtube - polyurethane bushings Squeak fix Honda civic 99 EX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb6g_xr0Lds

Ill try to post some pictures also but video more detailed, and not so long
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only fitting on the first picture gonna be replaced for set on each side screw because could be damaged by road conditions,

two another fittings are recessed so they can stay on the place
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make sure the grease will not eat at the poly.

marine grease does not necessarily describe it as proper.

on the tube or bottle, it will say what it is compatible with.
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I will see if it eats or not, with the time. But I don't think its gonna eat the bushings.
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You're likely also not a chemical engineer but whatever. I used the provided poly lube when I installed energy suspension tension rod bushings.
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I will see if it eats or not, with the time. But I don't think its gonna eat the bushings.
most petroleum products eat at rubber and poly bushings.

It generally needs to be a silicone based grease to be safe.

it will specifically say on container if safe for rubber products.


if it does not, you may need to replace those bushings in as little as 6 months
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thanks guys i'll check it on the bottle
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check the bottle and there is nothing saying about rubber,

the sign there says - multipurpose, good for roller bearings and automotive use and many more stuff

so if it good for roller bearings there is also rubber seals on bearings so it should be good.

And I did the test today I had poly bushing from 26mm sway bar that I don't use. In the morning I greased it well, and in the evening they fit shaft the same and stay hard the same.

I have prothane bushings that is more harder than energy suspension.

And with the time I'll definitely gonna fill the looseness in joints if it is gonna happen
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it says nothing about rubber. its not good for it then.

bearings dont use straight rubber. its a compound of sorts that is resistant to chemicals and petroleum.


the difference will be like an oil leak onto your belts. it wont effect it right away. it will take awhile to deteriorate.

Id find a grease marked safe for rubber or poly, and simply get enough in there that it forces the other stuff out. no need to pull things apart and clean.


I greased my brothers rear swaybar bushings with what I thought was a safe grease. I changed those bushings after only 4 months. they still appeared okay, but they shrunk and were sloppy in the bracket
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I don't know if the marine grease you used is a lithium grease(water and heat (~130 oC) resistant), but if it is - you are all good. I've been running it for like 2-3 years now, on my diy 90 shore poly bushings.
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probably I'll follow the advise above and gonna press new grease safe for it. There is alot of work to replace them again + money too
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yeah, no need to change out the bushing or whatever. just be slow about squeezing new grease, you will be fine.

greasable bushings means that its easy noise control in the future though!!
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