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Stewzilla



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So, I don't have access to a mechanic which is a mixed bag. I get to learn all about my scooter and I don't have to pay for all the expensive mechanics fees and whatnot, however, I don't already know a whole lot about mechanical stuff. I have been trying to keep my machine up with regular service and all that but I am really clueless when it comes to grease. What I need to know is what kind of grease do I want, where do I want to put it, and how do I put it there/how much do I put there. So yeah, I guess I need to know everything you all know about keeping these things good and greasy. Pics would be extra-appreciated as I'm a visual learner.

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rufusswan



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Everything ? ? ? ? ?

In some ways there is not that much greasy stuff to need to maintain on your scoot, mostly due to the way they are designed. Your manual (you do have one don't you?) will point them out, with pictures & diagrams, and specify the type of lubricant to buy. The difficult ones are the "bearings" or "bushings" cause most folk have never seen one, much less cleaned and re-greased one. Then when you turn to the pics of the front wheel you find mention of the 'grease nipple'.

Let's take care of the 'grease nipple' issue. You cannot get grease into the nipple without buying a grease gun. Period. That was easy. Yea, you can buy one, you'll find them at garage sales dirt cheap. Grease nipples are not as prevalent today what with sealed bearings and the like. It may be far easier to find a buddy with one, or just drop into any garage and pay a couple of bucks and have it greased. If you do buy one, load it with grease, hook it up, pump the handle and watch on the 'other' side of the thingy you are greasing. When you see fresh clean grease coming out you are done. Wipe up the stuff that came out. I love the grease nipple myself, and I love guns, plus you need a place to store the bearing grease! Buy a riding lawn mower, then you'll have a great excuse to buy a grease gun.

For those steering column bearings, petroleum firearms are not required. Just remove them to a dish, take some gas or kerosene and your trusty mechanics toothbrush and clean off the old grease and dirt. When dry, rub in and fill the bearing with grease. If you put too much grease on the bearing and the stuff around it you will squish out the extra grease when you tighten things up. Then you'll have grease in you steering column that the summer sun will melt, the smell will be beautiful, and it might drip on the ground like a Harley.

Oil and grease both lubricate parts that rub one another, but grease has much cooler properties. You can lube your cables with oil if you wish. It works great but it doesn't take long for 40wt oil to evaporate. When exposed to air it just disappears. Bummer. Grease will last and last. It also repels water (rust is bad) and keeps dust from getting between parts so it's perfect to lube the rear suspension pivot, the gear selector, your levers, etc. For your cables you can buy special grease with it's own applicator so that it is easy to squirt it between the cable and outer sheathing.

Grease has one other cool property and it's the reason plain old "petroleum jelly" is one of the most popular greases in any garage. It is dielectric so it protects components from electrical corrosion. That moldy stuff that attacks grounding points, your battery terminals, and causes so many light bulbs to stop working. Clean those things up, reconnect them and daube petroleum jelly on them and they will last and last. Works great on plain old nuts and bolts too, to keep them from rusting up. Lot's of guys will darn near coat everything on a scoot with WD-40 just to prevent corrosion.

So, slap some grease on the beast, except the tires Wink

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Aggroton



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Very informative.

And I def. second the dialectric style grease or pj on EVERY electrical connection!

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Stewzilla



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Thanks Rufusswan. I do have the manual but I wasn't really sure about the procedure. Your response will definitely help me out.

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It's hard to go wrong with grease, not impossible but hard. Some greases/oils will harm certain types of material but it's not a real issue on your scoot. Getting 'too much' on something will not prevent you from reinstalling it correctly, just don't be too messy with it. More won't really help much and will be ... well messy.

Even the smallest container of wheel bearing grease will last for decades. Other than that, I have PJ, 3-in-1 oil, some B-12 Chemtool (carb cleaner), WD-40, Cable Lube, and a small container of that neat stuff that is used for breaking rusty nuts and bolts. Buy the smallest containers or the cheapest. Add a couple of rags used only for wiping up oil & grease and you can clean and reinstall anything.

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