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Lube Tube Extension

Greasing the front end of your vehicle can be so frustrating sometimes, you just want to give up and bring it to your mechanic.  Automakers obviously weren’t thinking about serviceability when they designed some of these vehicles.  Thexton feels your pain, so they designed the Lube Tube to help you reach those impossible-to-reach fittings.

The molded handle and rigid extension of the Lube Tube gives you enough leverage to attach it to stubborn fittings, and the tight-clearance right-angle coupler gets where other heads can’t. When you’ve finally locked on to the zerk fitting, attach your grease gun to the fitting atop the handle, and pump away.

The Lube Tube fits standard zerk fittings. The kit includes the extension tube, a right-angle grease coupler, and a standard grease coupler.  Thexton sets the retail price of the Lube Tube Extension at $40, but online pricing starts at $22.

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3 Responses to The Lube Tube

  1. fred says:

    I’m pretty sure that both of my cars no longer have zerk fittings for grease.
    That said, some of the heavy equipment in my yard does require field lubrication. For hard to reach spots we use a hose commected to the grease gun – with a large washer installed just behind the business end of the hose. The washer helps in pushing the end onto the fitting.

  2. Fred,
    I’ll have to try that washer idea…

    The inspiration for this post came from my Silverado. There’s a fitting opposite the steering arm actuator that only has two inches of clearance between it and the alternator, so it’s almost impossible hard to get a hose to bend that sharply. See photo..

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40081042@N00/235303447/in/set-72157594271148654/

    If you get the steering wheel in one precise position, you can get it with an articulating head. Or as my father-in-law discovered, you can go through the wheel well with an extra long hose.

    I think the lube tube would work perfectly in this situation, but I’m not sure I’m ready to buy it for just one fitting. I’ll probably be mad enough next time I attempt to grease it to pick one up though.

  3. Mark says:

    You’re right, they weren’t thinking about serviceability, they were thinking about assembly. That joint was probably really easy to grease when they put the car together the first time.

    Automakers have to build hundreds of cars a day, so things are designed to be easy to put together, so it will cost as little as possible to assemble a car.

    A mechanic has to repair only a few cars a day, and the customer is paying for it, so it’s not really an issue in the design. It’s annoying when you want to work on your own car, but unless customers want to start paying extra for a car that was designed to be easy to build and repair, we’re stuck with specialty tools to fix specialty problems like this.

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