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1997 Volvo 855: Inner CV Joint grease advice needed

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1997 Volvo 855: Inner CV Joint grease advice needed

Post by jreed » Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:50 pm

I replaced my inner CV joint boot a couple years ago with a Volvo boot and I didn't tighten the large Oetiker clamp down enough, so some of the Volvo grease that came in the Volvo boot kit has leaked out around the joint. I'd guess that about 10-40g of grease was lost. I was thinking it might be best to remove the old clamp, add back some grease to the joint and then install a new Oetiker clamp.

Can anybody recommend a good grease that would be compatible with the Volvo grease that is still inside the boot? I think I read in the Haynes manual that the CV grease is molybdenum disulphide based, but I'm not sure what brand would be best. Any advice would be appreciated!
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Re: 1997 Volvo 855: Inner CV Joint grease advice needed

Post by misha » Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:17 pm

Just use regular graphite grease,the same grease which is used for cv joint.
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Re: 1997 Volvo 855: Inner CV Joint grease advice needed

Post by cn90 » Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:17 pm

I use standard wheel bearing grease. Nothing to worry about, it is juts balls running in the cage.
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Re: 1997 Volvo 855: Inner CV Joint grease advice needed

Post by misha » Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:51 am

Standard multipurpose lithium grease which cn90 mentioned will also be ok.
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Re: 1997 Volvo 855: Inner CV Joint grease advice needed

Post by erikv11 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:56 am

Interesting comments, good to hear. I would have thought a CV grease (Mo - disulfide) would be a better choice.
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Re: 1997 Volvo 855: Inner CV Joint grease advice needed

Post by jreed » Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:11 pm

Thanks for all the input guys... appreciated!

I bought a 14 oz./400g canister of Supertech "extreme pressure" molybdenum disulfide lithium grease for $3.50. It's base type is lithium 12 hydroxy stearate (lithium soap) and is intended for wheel bearings, ball and roller bearings, and ball joints. The label says it contains MoS2. The MSDS doesn't list the MoS2.
This grease is probably overkill for an inner CV joint, but it was only $1 more expensive than the lithium-only grease.
1997 855 GLT (Light Pressure Turbo) still going strong. Previous: 1986 240 GL rusted out in '06, 1985 Saab 900T rusted out in '95, 1975 Saab 99 rusted out in '95, 1973 Saab 99 rusted out in '94

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