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    Tie rod end with grease nipple? Better than sealed?

    My 2001 STS just needed a new outer tie rod end. The shop put one in with a grease nipple. (KSF brand)

    Should this concern me? The original GM one was sealed (so I never had to do any greasing), but now I have to start greasing every 6 months.

    Is a greasable joint BETTER than sealed? Is KSF a good brand?
    Thanks!

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    IMO greaseable are better. Don't generally see sealed aftermarket.

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    Re: Tie rod end with grease nipple? Better than sealed?

    SKF ? or KSF ? I personally would like greasable joints/bushings all around.......... but those died with the trend toward new car "less maintenance fuss" - until something broke.

    There IS a point: with greasable ball joints it was/is common to see the rubber boot(s) blown open by grease monkeys who got carried away with a pneumatic gun. Most tie rod and steering knuckle joints with Zerk fittings had/have a simple grease shield, open at the bottom/side, so excess grease simply oozes out all over your garage floor.

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    Re: Tie rod end with grease nipple? Better than sealed?

    Greaseable is always better (if you grease them).

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    Re: Tie rod end with grease nipple? Better than sealed?

    In OEM the AcDelco first line is sealed and second line is greased.
    Per my experience with the damn sway bar links, I can say greased are better (marginally).
    However we are discussing here OEM vs Aftermarket. All bets are off in this case (apples and pears).

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    Re: Tie rod end with grease nipple? Better than sealed?

    Greaseable is better. Yeah, you have to actually grease the part but at least you can. On the sealed once the grease comes out, wears out, starts getting dirty etc... that's it and the part starts wearing out. 2 seconds with a grease gun keeps it fresh.

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