NEWS | Nov. 13, 2020

996H Wheel Loader: Lube the Bucket

996H Wheel Loader training
Photo by Sgt. John Ortiz

This article initially appeared in PS 736 (Mar 14), p. 16.

The pivot pins and lift arms on your wheel loader’s bucket need lots of lube to do their job.          

Without lube, the bucket will begin squeaking while it’s being raised or lowered. You’ll know the problem’s getting really bad when the bucket starts moving erratically during construction operations.
The bucket’s bank of grease fittings is located on the driver’s side of the vehicle at ground level. Every week, give all of the fittings three to five pumps of GAA.

Bucket’s bank of grease fittings
Bucket’s bank of grease fittings

If a fitting is clogged and won’t take grease, report it. Your mechanic will install a new fitting, NSN 4730-00-050-4208, in its place.

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