Rick Ainsworth wrote:
I hate to resurrect something that has recently been dealt with, but
reference to the recent postings about greasing rear hub carriers…In
Jaguar World Vol 10 number 7. (which has just hit the shelves here) on
113 (picture 25)…There is a very clear picture of the hub carrier on
XJS. The caption reads “A jubilee clip holds the end of the cover to
shaft and is tightened when the grease nipple is in line with the grease
hole. A cover is fitted over the hole.” It clearly shows a nipple inside
the hub carrier.
Rick; this grease fitting (USA= Zerk fitting) is the Half Shaft
Outer U Joint w/ its Bell shaped sheet metal cover, which resides within
the inboard side of the Hub Bearing Carrier. This is the Half Shaft,
not the Hub Bearing Carrier. The Hub Bearing Carrier grease inlet is on
the top of the aluminum casting, looks like a round slug, made of same
aluminum as bearing carrier.
Now that hub carrier looks just like the one on the Series
III car…or am I mistaken?
Rick, the List notes that most xj-6 and xj-s Independent Rear
Suspensions are Identical; Anyone know the “cuttoff” years or changes
(ABS Brakes, Series I, II, III all the same)?
Anyway, they’re opting for fitting a nipple
My mechanic told me that was his SOP, (and accordingly
charged me for grease nipples!) but also said that most people, if they
greased there at all, didn’t bother. I can feel controversy coming on!
Some people remove the nipples and fit blanking plugs (readily
available anywhere) after performing this Absolutely Required annual
I’m replacing this outer u joint because I let it run dry… It is
NOT FUN. Car is off the road 2 weeks now, backing out the axle was a
PITA and it’s not over yet… The bearings require a press and TWO
micromometers, as well as shims only available from the Queen herself…
To All Who Read This: Go out NOW, TODAY and lube the following: Both halfshafts, inner and outer u joints (Under these bell shaped
covers, 4 points)
Propeller shaft u joints @ diff and @ end of trans. (2 points)
Both hub bearing carriers @ big plug on top of carrier casting (2
Both hub bearing carriers @ fitting on bottom of carrier casting
(fulcrum shaft) (2 points)
Both Inner Fulcrum Pivots @ inboard end of fulcrum shafts, access
through holes in diff. cage (4 points)
Anything I left out? Do It Today! mike 85 xj-s HE