One of the ways you can be productive with a professional or expert touch on any lubrication work on your car is using a grease gun. If you are using a non-cartridge grease gun, you need to know how to load a grease gun without a cartridge. However, this page will take you through the stages of loading a grease gun without a cartridge.
To load your grease gun without a cartridge, you need to get the right grease gun, grease, separate the grease gun head from the barrel, pull the plunger rod, fill the barrel with grease and screw back the head to the barrel to use the tool.
There are different methods of loading the grease gun without a cartridge, but the method I have here is the safest and easiest way of doing it. However, there is more for you to learn on this page.
How To Load A Grease Gun Without A Cartridge
If by any chance, you have to operate a grease gun, and suddenly it runs out of grease only to find out it doesn’t come with a cartridge, the steps below will help you out. Refilling the barrel of the non-cartridge grease gun is not a difficult task to do.
Get All The Essential Grease Guns Tools
You need a grease gun that doesn’t use a cartridge, a bowl of grease, and a towel or clean cloth. Those are the essential tools that you need to refill your grease gun barrel.
Remove The Cap From The Barrel
Most grease gun comes with a cap that you can remove by unscrewing them. It is never a difficult task for you to do. All you have to do is to hold the barrel with your weaker hand and unscrew the cap known as the grease gun head from the barrel with your dominant hand.
Once you are through with unscrewing it, you should put it somewhere safe from the reach of dirt and dust. You do not want to have dust around it as it can cause difficulty returning the head to the barrel after you are through with refilling the grease.
Pull The Plunger Rod
The next step is to pull the plunger rod and ensure it gets to the distal end of the barrel. You must ensure it gets to the distal end because it is the only way to create enough room for the grease.
As long as you can pull, the space you have will determine the level of grease you will have in the barrel. So, you should pull until you notice you cannot pull any longer. Also, you need to lock the plunger rod before you go ahead with loading the grease.
Load The Grease In The Barrel
Get your grease, and you can scoop it with your finger or any object and insert it into the barrel. It is never going to be a quick task, so you need to be patient with the process. You have to push the grease into the barrel, and it can take as many turns depending on the space you have in the barrel.
You have to keep loading the barrel until you get to see that it is full. Once the barrel can no longer accommodate the grease, you should stop the refilling process.
Push The Plunger Rod Back
After the barrel is full of grease, you need to return the head of the grease gun to its position. Once you have done that, you should push the plunger rod down using the follower handle and ensure you lock it in place.
Clean The Grease Gun
You need to ensure the grease gun is clean and neat. You can use a towel or clean cloth to wipe away excess grease you have on the tool.
Apply The Grease
The next step is to apply the grease on any surface or object you want to lubricate. Just squeeze the nozzle, and the grease will come out of the tube opening.
How Do You Load A Grease Gun Manually?
You need to get a grease gun concerning the loading style you will prefer. For this section, I will share how to load a grease gun manually using a cartridge grease gun. For a manual way of loading a grease gun without a cartridge, you can read about it above.
You need to get the grease gun and the cartridge all set and within reach. Pull out the plunger rod to give room for the cartridge to come into the barrel. You need to loosen the head a bit to do that.
You should detach the grease gun head from the cylinder. You can do that by unscrewing the head of the grease gun. It will expose the barrel so you can easily push in the cartridge.
Get the cartridge and locate the head to expose the grease just as the image shows and push the cartridge into the barrel from that opening. After that, you need to remove the second covering just like the image shows to make the tool easy to use.
You get to screw the head of the grease gun back to its position and then push the plunger rod back into the barrel, as shown in the second image. After that, you can go ahead to pump your grease gun and apply the grease where needed.
Note: The plunger will not get into the barrel if you screw in the head. So, you need to push in the plunger rod before you completely screw in the head of the grease gun.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Load And Bleed A Grease Gun?
You should get the plunger rod pulled out of the grease gun, unscrew the head, load in the cartridge, screen back the head of the grease gun, and push back the plunger rod. That is the easiest way of loading the grease gun, and to bleed it, you need to keep pumping the grease gun until grease starts coming out of the nozzle.
How Do You Know When The Grease Gun Is Empty?
The only way you get to know the grease gun is empty is when the grease stops coming out from the nozzle every time you pump it. However, sometimes you might have to remove the head to check the cartridge to be sure before taking any refilling action.
How Does A Mini Grease Gun Work?
The Lucas Oil 3 oz Grease Pack/1 Red & Tacky/2 X-Tra H/D is the right grease to consider for a mini grease gun. Open the head of the grease gun, pull out the plunger rod, locate the side that should enter the barrel on the grease can, and then slide in. Open the second opening and then close the barrel with the head of the grease gun.
You should then push the plunger rod in and pump the mini grease gun to apply the grease to any object.
If you have got a non-cartridge grease gun and want to learn how to load a grease gun without a cartridge? You are just in the right place. On this page, you have access to the right information on how you can load a grease gun without a cartridge and how to bleed.