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Posted: 08/26/2022

What Are the Best Greases and Lubricants For My Vehicle?

If you're like most people, you probably don't think about grease and lubricants until there's a problem. And by then, it can be too late! In this guide, we will discuss the different types of greases and what vehicles use them. We'll also talk about the factors that go into choosing the right grease for your vehicle. 

What is Automotive Grease Used For?

Grease is a lubricating substance that is used to reduce friction between two surfaces. It is made up of a base oil, thickener, and additives. The base oil helps to lubricate the surfaces, while the thickener provides a barrier between the two surfaces. The additives can provide additional properties such as corrosion resistance or heat resistance. Specifically,  grease is used to lubricate moving parts in vehicles. This includes the bearings, joints, and other moving parts in the engine, suspension, and drivetrain. 

Types of Automotive Grease

There are many different types of grease, each with its own properties and applications. The most common type of grease is lithium grease. This grease is used in a wide variety of applications due to its high resistance to water and its ability to withstand high temperatures. 

There are other types of automotive lubricants and greases, such as:

Molybdenum (Moly) Grease

Molybdenum disulfide grease is used as a lubricant for heavy-duty equipment, including CV joints, ball joint parts, and steering linkages.  It can also be used in grease guns.

moly grease

Calcium Sulfonate Grease

This grease is used in off-road vehicles, construction equipment, and agricultural machinery. It has excellent water resistance and can withstand high temperatures.

Sodium Grease

Sodium grease is used in a variety of applications where there is a need for extreme pressure lubrication. This grease can withstand high loads and has excellent anti-wear properties.

Polyurea Grease 

Polyurea grease is used in a variety of applications where there is a need for high-temperature grease. It can withstand temperatures up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

polyurea grease

What Should I Consider When Looking for Grease?

When looking for grease, you should consider the following factors:

- Temperature range: You will want to choose a grease that can withstand the temperatures that your vehicle will be operating in. 

- Water resistance: If your vehicle will be operating in wet conditions, you will want to choose a grease that is water resistant. 

- Load bearing: If your vehicle will be carrying heavy loads, you should choose a grease that can withstand high loads. 

- Shear stability: You will want to choose a grease that has good shear stability so that it does not break down under high stress.

automotive grease

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