I really didn’t intend to spend much time at the shop that day.
It was Friday the 13th, I’d just left a message for a potential employer that I hoped would call me back, and I had just finished up drilling some holes and test-fitting the suspension. Then I sat down with the pages of instruction for the suspension and noticed the specific wheel bearing grease mentioned. I’m not going to do anything with the dry bearings sitting over on the shelf, but I might as well make sure we have the right stuff. We have a grease gun with some sort of red automotive bearing grease in it, but we use it only every couple of years on the old trailer. About all I know about it is red, which I’m reminded of every time I have to clean up the big mess in the toolbox where it has once again found a way to leak all over the place. I’m also not really sure if there’s much variation between brands for ‘red automotive grease’ but it shouldn’t be a big deal to check out the label on the tube. So I unwrapped the grease gun from the several layers of greasy plastic wrapping and with a handy shop towel for leverage I was able to get the top off. Barely any mess at all. I put the head down and held the body and was able to coax the cylinder out a bit, enough to see that it has some sort of NLGI rating but was still having trouble seeing enough of the label to know what exactly I had. So Pull on that plunger, let go and …
The grease gun shot a 5 inch cylinder of red grease into the air. And I’d grabbed it with my cleanish, right hand.
So there I’m standing, with a grease burrito (smaller style, not a giant San Francisco Mission Style burrito, only 2-2.5″ diameter) in one hand, the greasy body of the gun in the other, a ear plug in the good ear that I’m not going to be able to take out for a while, and my cell phone in my pocket that I sorta hope doesn’t ring, now.
Well, when life hands you a grease burrito, there’s nothing to do but pack bearings.
This was the grease that we bought for redoing the bearings in Shorty, so while I can’t tell you what the various specifications are, I can tell you that it probably just fine and is definitely going on those bearings over there. And since I’ve done this by hand before for Shorty, I almost know what I’m doing. I did consider wandering around American Steel to see if someone had the tool for doing this but I’m not going to be able to use this handsome grease burrito in my hand if I go do that.
Once that was done, I spent a good 15 minutes washing layers of grease off my hands til I got to the point where I could pull the earplug out of my ear. We took Lava to the shop today.
(I did get an email from the potential employer later.)