S185 won't accept grease

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by mcryan, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. mcryan

    mcryan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Hi I have a 2004 bobcat S185 skid. Two of the zerks will not accept grease. I have replaced both zerks and I still can not get grease in there. One zerk is the medium sized that is where the cylinder attaches to the quick attach plate, and the other is the small zerk at the base of the latch for the plate. Any ideas what to do or why this has happened. I appreciate in advance any insight into the problem.
    Thanks Ryan
  2. Nelson M Martin

    Nelson M Martin LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 208

    not greased often enough
    For best results remove the pin where cylinder attaches the quick attach plate and remove all the dried grease
  3. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,366

    yep the pin was not grease enough and the grease has gotton hard with dirt and clogged up the fitting. you'll have to pull the pin out and fitting and clean out the grease hole through the bushing and pin if its got one.
  4. Nelson M Martin

    Nelson M Martin LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 208

    it is also possible the bushing in loader arm spun some ...so check if hole of grease fitting and hole in bushing still lineup
  5. mcryan

    mcryan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I suspected that it was not greased enough. Thanks for the advice.

  6. 74inchShovel

    74inchShovel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    One trick I use is to Carefully apply motion to joint while greasing, a two man job, but works pretty well. IMO, the electric grease guns have quite a bit more pressure than a hand pump, and between these I can get grease into most stuck fittings.
  7. SellingIron

    SellingIron LawnSite Senior Member
    from FTE
    Messages: 661

    Sounds like the bushings have turned.
  8. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    I do that as well when needed.
  9. mxridernorth

    mxridernorth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    Just pull the pin. For the few minutes it takes to do that you'll save it in farting around.
  10. hvy 1ton

    hvy 1ton LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    I have had problems with pins not taking(nothing wrong with the zerk) grease on several bobcats. 2 skids(both bucket pins) and a hoe(Stick cylinder and bucket pins) I have been told that bobcat has the tightest pin tolerances of any manufacturer. If the pin or bushing is a little out of spec(or both) it can make greasing difficult at best. Not sure if it's true, but the guy who told is generally a good source for such info.

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