Best Practice of Grease Gun Tips Maintenance

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Best Practice of Grease Gun Tips Maintenance

Last week, I visited one of my uncles’ garage to repair my bike. There I found that he was using a bit different looking tool to lubricate different parts of my bike.

I was curious to know about the tool and asked my uncle about it.

In fact, for the first time in my life, I saw the grease gun.

After having a good chat with my uncle, I learned more essential things about a grease gun.

The first thing that he told me about grease guns is that following the right maintenance of grease gun tips is mandatory to get the best output from your grease gun. And the truth is most beginners are unaware of it.

I will share my knowledge in this guide about the best practice of maintaining a grease gun tip and other important facts what I’ve learned from my uncle.

Grease Gun Tips – Maintenance Tricks for Beginners

First, we will look at the most common issues of grease guns. And following the issues, you can learn the maintenance tricks of small grease gun tips to get the best result.

So, let’s begin.

Unavailability of Pressure Around the Coupler and When Pumping the Grease, Experiencing Leakage of Grease

When the quick-release grease coupler fails, this issue will appear. One essential note to be remembered is that coupler is manufactured in such a way so that it can fit into a standard-sized nipple. If the nipple comes with a larger size than standard size, it expands the coupler and continues it.

The bad news is; a standard-sized nipple doesn’t fit with a coupler anymore when it happens. As a result, it can’t create the necessary seals to maintain the required pressure to get the greases out.

The good news is; the solution is pretty simple- replacing the coupler.

Grease is not Coming Out Even if You Pump the Grease Gun.

This problem arises because of airlock. Continuous pumping of the gun will expel the air from the gun, and you can easily get rid of this problem.

Another solution is, give a single turn to the canister to unscrew it and give a continuous pump to the handle. And when grease starts coming out, tighten the canister to its position again.

After doing the above maintenance, are you still facing the same problem?

Well, alternative solutions are also there. The plunger end needs to be opened, so force the grease upwards into the grease tube using your fingers. Remember to use latex gloves or plastic paper bags to cover your fingers.

Contagion with Grease

When using a grease gun for the long term, a couple and extension may get contaminated due to old grease. Thus, the grease gun will get clogged, and the bad thing is; contamination can be transferred to the machine with the used lubricate. As a result, the machine can get damaged and clogged.

In this situation, you have to make sure old grease is not there inside the grease gun.

Too Large Plunger that is Unfitted into the Cartridge

You will not experience this problem with an old grease gun. It happens when the grease gun is new and is not being used for a long time. Resolving it is simple. All you need to do is, inside the cartridge, ensure proper lubrication. Some grease needs to be smeared around the grease, and the issue will be solved.

Then repeatedly pull the plunger for more than a few times so that the movement can happen easily. Also, properly lubricate the barrel.

Once repeated back and forth is done, you will get easy movement from the plunger.

If still the problem persists, the problem is occurring because of airlock. Read tips #2 to solve the issue.

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Other Maintenance Tricks of Grease Gun Tips to Get Long Term Service

We all want to get long term service from every tool, and a grease gun is also no exception. Below are a few grease gun maintenance tips that will ensure a long term service from the tool.

  • Before using the grease gun, read the instructions manual intently. And follow it meticulously.
  • Never plan to use a new and old grease mixture in your grease gun. Every grease gun uses the recommended lubricant and ensures following it. The grease gun user manual has all information. Could you read it before using it?
  • It would be best to use latex or any hand gloves while using a grease gun. This way, grease will not come in contact with your hands.
  • Avoid connecting the head to the canister too tightly. The extra pressure could damage the gun and impede the functionality of the gun.
  • Before using, learn whether the grease is flammable or not. If the used grease in the gun is flammable, avoid keeping any flames near the workplace.
  • Clean every drop of grease if there is any on the floor. Serious accidents may happen because of that.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How do you tighten a grease gun tip?

The grease gun needle tips end part is movable. Once the gun tip is placed on the coupler, keep on twisting until you tighten the cup-like part. If the cup appears curved, remove it and ensure proper fitting. Grease will come out from a gun due to improper fitting.

How do you attach a grease gun tip for zerk fitting?

Place the grease gun nozzle and place it and press it into the zerk fitting. You will hear a click sound when the nozzle gets locked. With an adjustable grease gun, make sure to unscrew a nozzle slightly to the zerk fitting. Thus, the fitting will be much easier.

How to Assemble and Use a Grease Gun

Last Thoughts

Grease leakage, poor calibration of grease gun tip, insufficient or excessive grease, etc. These problems arise when grease gun tips are improperly calibrated. The right fitting of the small grease gun tips will ensure a hassle-free environment. Also, proper maintenance of the tool will allow you to save valuable money and time both.

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