Christian25 September 2012 at 11:46 #49664
Which grease should I use for the two driveshafts?David25 September 2012 at 14:10 #49666
You might want to consult others but my recollection is high graphite content for extreme pressure applications; it’s almost black in colourChristian25 September 2012 at 14:25 #49667
Graphite grease is recommended for splined applications, I am wondering about Moly Grease too…David25 September 2012 at 15:13 #49668
In the beginning, AML chose an “ordinary” grease but after repeated half-shaft failures under warranty they got in Hardy-Spicer for a design review, who immediatley spotted that the designed geometry of the shafts was not perpendicular to the plane of wheel rotation, which causes uneven peak loading on the splines which the “ordinary” grease couldn’t cope with. Hence the change to graphite grease. Your call re Moly grease thoughChristian25 September 2012 at 15:39 #49669
I think Hardy Spicer knew their stuff, so graphite grease it is. I had to replace one of the Hardy Spicer UJ’s, both outer ones have now been replaced. The splines don’t appear to have any play (though both shafts have been replaced) – the UJ’s may have taken the peak loading and saved the splines?David25 September 2012 at 16:33 #49670
It also occurs to me that when re-assembling each half-shaft it is important to align the splines so that the UJ yokes at each end are parallel to each other (and not “out” by one or more splines)Alec Rivers-Bowerman25 September 2012 at 22:34 #49672
If your input and output shafts are more or less parallel to each other, but move laterally with respect to each other, the best setup is to have the yokes on either end of the shaft parallel to each other, not at right angles. U-joints are not perfect when running at an angle, and although the diff may be running at a steady speed, the driveshaft will vary in speed. By aligning the yokes on the shaft in parallel this effect cancels out and the wheel should run at a steady speed.
AlecDavid26 September 2012 at 08:49 #49673
Alec is right, have edited my previousray sherratt28 September 2012 at 09:42 #49681
Re- spline & joint lubrication.
A 140 grade oil is recomended for joints and splines,sliding joints
( not splined ) on agricultural shafts a graphite-based grease
is recommended. Data from Hardy Spicer Ltd published in
servicing guide to british motor vehicles volume 3. When a grease
gun is mentioned on a service sheet, it is only a macanical means
of delivering the oil.
Ray Sherratt.David28 September 2012 at 09:48 #49682
Oil is not suitable for LR drive shaft splines for reasons I set out earlierray sherratt28 September 2012 at 19:06 #49684
The information was for general use and not Specific. Indeed the use of a graphite or Moly
base lube has increased the life of componants immensely. I thought it may be usfull to other
Lagonda users. I am not questioning your knowledge in any way shape or form. Rocol make a superb
dry Moly assembly lube.
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