Information presented here is taken from the August, 2001 edition of Freightliner's "KNOWING YOUR CHASSIS". Note that some of the information presented here does not apply to the Freightliner XC chassis.
Greasing your chassis yourself is pretty easy. However, follow good safety procedures. If you use your hydraulic jacks to raise your coach so you can crawl under it, be sure that you use jackstands of sufficient size, just in case the jacks come down unexpectedly. Also, if the rear wheels are off the ground, there is nothing keeping your coach from rolling away. At the Freightliner seminars, Freightliner has stated that most owners tend to "overlube" their chassis - pumping in too much grease. Be especially careful with the Slack Adjusters as you do not want to get grease on your brakes!
If you have someone else lube your chassis, you may want to take a copy of all these grease points with you as they will certainly miss some lube points otherwise.
Here is a pictorial that will help you find the grease zerk fittings with the table below: NOTE - The D does not have Independent Front Suspension (IFS), so you need to ignore these zerk fittings. Click the image for a larger version.
|NO.||COMPONENT||REMARKS||# OF FITTINGS|
|1||Steering Gear||One grease fitting.||1|
|2||Steering Shaft||Three grease fittings; Lube both universal joints and slip spline.||3|
|3||Drag Link & Bell Crank||Two grease fittings per drag link; one on each end and one on bell crank housing.||5|
|4||Knuckle Pins||Two grease fittings; one on top & one on bottom of knuckle pin. Lube both sides of axle.||4|
|5||Automatic Slack Adjusters||One grease fitting; lube both sides of front and rear axle.||4|
|6||Does Not Apply||Our chassis has oil lubricated wheel bearings.||-|
|7||Brake Camshaft Brackets||One grease fitting; pump in grease until it appears at the slack adjuster end of the bracket. Lube both sides of front & rear axle.||4|
|8||Tie-Rod||One grease fitting; one on each end of tie rod.||2|
|9||Rear Axle||Check fluid level / change when required.||0|
|10||Driveshaft||Three grease fittings; lube both universal joints and the slip joint splines.||3|
|11||Automatic Transmission||Change Fluid when required||0|
|12||IFS||We do not have an Independent Front Suspension.||-|
|13||Caterpillar Fan Drive||One grease fitting; on top of fan drive pulley.||1|
|TOTAL WITH CUMMINS ENGINE||26|
|TOTAL WITH CATERPILLAR ENGINE||27|
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