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Old 11-07-2010
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Default What is Auto Lube?

Previous owner mentioned we have Auto Lube on our 89' PT40. Looked under the front end and sure enough there are small tubes running to suspension parts that often have grease fittings, ball joints, tie rod ends etc. What is Auto Lube? And how does it work?
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It is a single point grease system, not automatic, which prevents you from having to crawl under the bus. Somewhere a manifold exists with one or more grease fittings. Is it good or bad? Can't say. Something else to break. I have it on the big truck.
Years ago Auto Lube was what was sprayed in rubber parts to prevent squeaks. I don't know where that went.
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it will not grease the U-joints,so you still have to get under there..
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We had a similar system on fire trucks and was called "Vogel Lube". It worked great. You just filled a central reservoir with heavy oil or very light grease and it could be programmed to give all points a shot at a pre selected interval. Wish I had a system for my BB. I never replaced a steering or suspension part that was being Vogel Lubed.

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Some coachs came equipped with auto lube. I have a 89 that had it also. It has since been abandoned and zerk fittings installed so it could be positively greased. In my case Blue Bird did not encourage me to keep it.

The fitting to add grease to the system is on the floor of the Generator Fan Bay.


I have some photos in my album one is of the delivery system located up behind the front axle.

I'm curious ..... If your generator is mounted on airbags?
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Man, that sounds like a poor idea to me. If one fitting has more resistance than another, it won't get any grease!
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Great info guys! I agree with potential issues of each device getting fully lubed.
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Man, that sounds like a poor idea to me. If one fitting has more resistance than another, it won't get any grease!
The pic shows a system that would as you said not grease the fitting with the most resistance. The Vogel Lube system used a central pump that had a line going to each component and each component had a small spring loaded pump that dispensed the lube. If a line broke you didn't have all your lube going out that line with Vogel Lube. Really there is no substitute for a grease gun and looking at each component. A good idea is to have someone turn the steering wheel left, right with the motor stopped while observing the steering components in motion. If there is looseness there you can see it and fix it before it becomes an issue.

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is your system still all connected? One line to each joint that needs lube. I've forgotten how it works or is activated.

I've forgotten if it works by electric switch or even if it is automatic. Does your manual contain anything about it?

If its still working just check the fittings periodically to ensure they are getting lubed.
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I've never had a vehicle with auto lube, but have worked on several machines in plants that had similar systems. They were manually operated with a reservoir and a manifold that went to a couple of dozen bearings. Every month we would hit the main grease fitting on the reservoir with a pneumatic grease gun. We would pump until we saw overflow grease at the visible bearings. Each time there was a failure, it was caused by dry bearing that couldn't be seen. The line to that bearing was always packed with dried up old grease.
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