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What happens to grease in a bearing? Let's say a bearing that is in service, the grease has a useful life of about 6-months and by all recommendations and calculations, it's time to re-lube. What happens to the old grease? has it reduced itself to something less (in volume)? What is left?

Thank you in advance for your assistance,
Wally Barth
Associated Products, Inc.
29 Kripes Rd., #K
E. Granby, CT 06026-9669
Ph: 800-535-2192 Direct: 508-473-9192
Fax: 925-226-4078
Page: 800-219-5967

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By design, the best situation is to have a purge plug opposite the grease fitting (zirk). When regreasing at regular intervals, remove the purge plug and re-grease while the bearing is rotating. Continue greasing until fresh grease is seen emerging from the purge hole. Leave the purge plug out while running the bearing for 10 minutes or until the bearing reaches its normal speed and operating temperature. The bearing will purge any excess grease to prevent undue pressure on any sealing material. Replace the purge plug.

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