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Old 19 Nov 2003, 01:07 pm
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Default Lube Points?

Are there any lubrication points on a 2002 PT Cruiser? I change my own oil and filter every 2500 miles but haven't greased anything yet. I did take the vehicle back to the dealer at 10,000 miles and had them rotate the tires. At that time I told the service writer that I would like it lubed too...he said most newer Chryslers are "sealed" and there is nothing to lube. Is this true?
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Old 19 Nov 2003, 02:04 pm
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According to PT DIY the front end does not need to be lubed, but they do recommend the following:

Body Lubrication - Lubrication Requirements

Body mechanisms and linkages should be inspected, cleaned, and lubricated, as required, to maintain ease of operation and to provide protection against rust and wear. When performing other under hood services, the hood latch release mechanism and safety catch should be inspected, cleaned, and lubricated. During the winter season, external door lock cylinders should be lubricated to assure proper operation when exposed to water and ice. Prior to the application of any lubricant, the parts concerned should be wiped clean to remove dust and grit. If necessary, a suitable solvent can be used to clean the item to be lubricated. After lubricating a component, any excess oil or grease should be removed.

Lubricant Application
Door Lock Cylinders
1. Apply a small amount of lubricant directly into the lock cylinder.
2. Apply a small amount of lubricant to the key.
3. Insert the key into the lock cylinder and cycle the mechanism from the locked to the unlocked position.
Note - Do not add more lubricant.
4. Cycle the lock cylinder mechanism several times to allow the lubricant to flow throughout the cylinder.
5. Wipe all lubricant from exterior of lock cylinder and key.

All Other Body Mechanisms
1. Clean component as described above.
2. Apply specified lubricant to all pivoting and sliding contact areas of component.

Lubricant Usage
Engine Oil
Door Hinges – Hinge Pin and Pivot Contact Areas
Hood Hinges – Pivot Points
Liftgate Hinges

Mopar Spray White Lube or Equivalent
Door Check Straps
Liftgate Latches
Liftgate Prop Pivots
Ash Receiver
Fuel Filler Door Remote Control Latch Mechanism
Parking Brake Mechanism
Sliding Seat Tracks
Liftgate Latch

Mopar Multipurpose Grease or Equivalent
All Other Hood Mechanisms

Mopar Lock Cylinder Lubricant or Equivalent
Door Lock Cylinders
Liftgate Lock Cylinder

I also ensure that the bushing on my sway bars are lubricated.

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Old 10 Apr 2010, 05:13 pm
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Default Re: Lube Points?

I see alot of info online about lubing the PT's ball joints. My 2001 PT, the ball joints were not sealed. They have a sheared off grease fitting on the bottom side. The worst part is that since it is sheared off, as the grease viscosity breaks down there is no fitting stop to keep the grease in the joint. It slowly trickles out and at about 50K miles I heard the familiar groaning coming from the ball joints.

I now take out the sheared fittings and put in good grease fittings to insert more grease. The bad part is you have to take the wheels off to do this. I reinstall the old fittings since the clearance top the rim is too little and will shear off the new fittings. All I do is silicone the grase canal in the broken fittings to try to stop the grease from draining out.

Anytime someone tells you a ball joint doesn't need to be lubed, the only alternative is to replace them once they fail. My PT now is pushing 80K miles with the original ball joints. If I followed Chrysler's guidance, I might be looking at a second replacement in about 20K miles, no thanks.

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Old 10 Apr 2010, 09:05 pm
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Default Re: Lube Points?

The only zerk fittings on my 08 are the (lower) ball joints.
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Old 11 Apr 2010, 06:57 am
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Default Re: Lube Points?

No fitting on my 2001 with 102K and I just had everything on the front end checked out and it's dong fine, thank you. Loads of vehicles have no lube points except what IRPT pointed out and the joints last a long time.
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