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Old December 15th, 2009, 12:39 PM
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Question Swivel Ball Fluid Check

I checked the fluid level in my swivel balls by using a zip tie as a dipstick with markings at 3" and 6.5". I inserted the zip tie via the fill plug up to the 6.5" mark and the lube level is at 3" on each side. Does this sound like I have enough lube in there? BTW, when I bought the truck, I replaced all the fluids, including the swivel balls with one tube of One Shot for each side. What do you guys think? Should I add more, is it possible to overfill?

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Old December 15th, 2009, 01:11 PM
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Sounds perfect. Some swivels had a small check level screw (mine do) and thats about wehre it is. I can take a photo if you'd like.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 01:12 PM
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great idea, I would like to know also the correct level...for sure mine is leaking out & I have not check in over a year.

also what fluid type/brand etc.. is recommended?
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Old December 15th, 2009, 01:53 PM
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Sounds perfect. Some swivels had a small check level screw (mine do) and thats about wehre it is. I can take a photo if you'd like.
Kevin,

A picture would be great!

FlaD90,

Use LR One-Shot grease (comes in a plastic tube, almost list toothpast), one tube in each swivel ball. This can be bought at the LR Dealership.

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Old December 15th, 2009, 04:17 PM
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I measured the approx. distance between the drain and check plug and it's right about 3". The check plug is the small 1/4" square head just below the steering stop bolt head.
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Yours should have a level plug as Kevin says. I think only a few of the 1997s (if any) had the balls without the level plug.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 04:39 PM
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I think only a few of the 1997s (if any) had the balls without the level plug.
Not sure when the change occured, but my 97 #1008 doesn't have them.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 04:43 PM
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I will check my 94 tonight...thanks
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Old December 15th, 2009, 05:24 PM
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I measured the approx. distance between the drain and check plug and it's right about 3". The check plug is the small 1/4" square head just below the steering stop bolt head.
Thanks Kevin...I'll check it tonight...

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Old December 15th, 2009, 08:37 PM
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I think I've heard some people recommend draining the swivel balls of fluid and replacing with grease to avoid potential problems with leaking out all of the fluid. Does anyone know about this, have any thoughts, recommendations. I have a '84 d-90 and this is the only fluid I have not tackled/replaced since buying my truck... mainly, because I haven't done it before and am uncertain about how straightforward or complicated the task is. Any advice would be appreciated.
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yes you can use the Land Rover grease
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yes you can use the Land Rover grease
Ron, so you're just making sure that 3 year old threads get updated ?
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yes you can use the Land Rover grease
And put the shot of LR grease in a pot of hot water so it can warm up. So much easier when filling.
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And put the shot of LR grease in a pot of hot water so it can warm up. So much easier when filling.
I've used gear oil too. I think Jason was the one who told me he did it too.
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Good, so stop hoarding Jeff's one-shots and sell them to me so they can be used.
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I still think that grease is not a great idea if you plan to wheel/wade with your truck
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Good, so stop hoarding Jeff's one-shots and sell them to me so they can be used.
You are not going to believe this... When I went to the storage room to get the Christmas decorations. I found a Rover "Spare Parts" box...

Now I have 5 shots and 7 u-joints... I need help.
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You are not going to believe this... When I went to the storage room to get the Christmas decorations. I found a Rover "Spare Parts" box...

Now I have 5 shots and 7 u-joints... I need help.
Fedex me those shots! I need at least 2 or three.
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Fedex me those shots! I need at least 2 or three.
I need 2 for my truck.

Ross jumped on them. Sorry!
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