[Healeys] Philosophy of Sealing WW spoke heads

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Sat Dec 8 08:35:50 MST 2007


AFAIK, the purpose of the grease is only to keep the inner and outer 
hubs from rusting together.  It's not there for "lubrication;" if there 
is any motion between the splines one or both of the hubs have to be 

Since the grease is only there to prevent rusting, I think any good, 
persistent grease will work.  Anti-seize seems particularly 
persistent--I've got the stains on my jeans to prove it ;).   Have heard 
that anti-seize contains highly-ground glass--that's what leaves the 
silvery coating.

I use a clear RTV (Permatex) on the spoke heads and have never had any 
problems with it.  Without it, I always got a little smear of grease 
where the spokes exit the wheel hub.


Steve B. Gerow wrote:
> I've had my Daytons for 5 or 6 years with the hubs never sealed and no
> grease has come out the spoke holes.
> Have always used a light smear of Lubriplate or wheel bearing grease on the
> splines and knockoff threads only.
> Am wondering if some folks are using gobs of grease where a smear will do.
> Also wondering if lotsa grease is necessary to keep salt out in inclement
> climes.
> Enquiring minds want to know.

Bob Spidell         San Jose, CA        bspidell at comcast.net
'67 Austin-Healey 3000             '56 Austin-Healey 100M

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