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Old 03-12-2017, 11:28 AM   #1
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Grease on input spline?

I am putting my transmission back on my focus SVT, and was wondering do you put grease on the input spline and also CV axles? tried searching and struggling finding something.

other car forums seem mixed between yes and no. overall sounds like you put a little on but not enough to catch lots of dirt/dust/etc

if so do you use white lithium grease?

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CV outer joints I'd definitely use grease, nice sticky saltwater proof for my preference but any is an aid to prevent rust.

Input shaft is a MUCH touchier question, better with none than any appreciable amount. Remember where excess can end up, messing up the clutch plate. Wipe on wipe off level if used, no extra at all.

I've seen some special white lith for particular applications, spray on that dries to a solid thin layer fast.
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Old 03-13-2017, 03:48 AM   #3
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CV outer joints I'd definitely use grease, nice sticky saltwater proof for my preference but any is an aid to prevent rust.

Input shaft is a MUCH touchier question, better with none than any appreciable amount. Remember where excess can end up, messing up the clutch plate. Wipe on wipe off level if used, no extra at all.

I've seen some special white lith for particular applications, spray on that dries to a solid thin layer fast.
thanks for your quick input, with my inexperience i went ahead and skipped adding any since the risk vs reward doesn't seem worth it.

For the CV joints then, you only grease where it mates with the hub then and not the transmission if i understand correctly, by the definition of "outer"?

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That is correct....and a very light amount.
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Pick up some dry film lubricant, you can put a light coat on the input shaft. I have used this many times in the past. Sprays on and dries fast, it is not sticky after it dries. You will not have to worry about dust and debris collecting on it.
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I would have wire brushed the end if there was rust on it, just to make it easier going in and coming out next time if needed. Is this ok to do or will that create tiny grooves in the metal?
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If there was rust on the outer axle sure you could wire brush it a bit to clean it off.

Inner axle sticks into the transmission, so in a constant oil bath, why grease that? I'd grease oil seal lips if dry, that's it. (never seen those dry except when new)
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X2 all that last post, I wire brush them clean all the time.
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I would have wire brushed the end if there was rust on it, just to make it easier going in and coming out next time if needed. Is this ok to do or will that create tiny grooves in the metal?
It can create tiny grooves in the metal....but why would you be putting that much pressure on them? If you're using a wire wheel on a grinder, the wheel should be just barely touching the metal. If you're using a hand held wire brush, it would take a great deal of pressure to cause any type of grooving.
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I've always wire wheeled everything to clean it, make it look nice, etc. Someone told me(don't remember who) that doing that can cause grooves, but I basically ignored them and still do it anyways lol. And of course I wouldn't do anything important like camshaft bearings or anything with high rotation because thatll make a hot spot
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