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Best Bearing Grease?


| November/December 2002



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The following was a recent topic on SmokStak, which can be found on the Internet at: www.engineads.com/smokstak.cgi. As ever, various individuals started, commented on and concluded the following bulletin board thread.

What's the best bearing grease?

I'd just like to know what you guys use for grease on your main bearings. The grease I'm currently using is too thin and the bearings heat up. I believe the grease is just being flung out of the bearings. And no, the bearings are not too tight, they have three to four thousandths clearance. Thanks in advance for any advice. - Andy

Andy, I use the same grease I use for my big truck. It's Retinax by Shell; a good, heavy red grease. I've never had the problem you're having, but if you're running them for long periods of time and they are getting slightly warm, that's normal. - Mark

The lithium grease they use on front wheel bearings for cars with disc brakes will take the heat, and keep the bearings lubed. You can get it at any parts store. -Chuck

You might want to try Lucas grease. It is sticky and won't fling itself all over your engine. It also stands up well to heat. It is used in a lot of big trucks and in race cars. - Mike