Do I need NLGI #1 grease

toyota
tacoma

#1

My Tacoma manual states that I need to grease the front drive thrust bushings with synthetic oil & lithium soap based chassis grease (NLGI No. 1). All other grease is the normal lithium base chassis grease (NLGI No. 2). No. 2 is standard and nobody I’ve found carries No. 1. Do I really need to buy another grease gun and special order this grease?


#2

I would say yes. The under $30 cost involved for a gun and cartridge is a relatively inexpensive proper solution.

Lubriplate puts some grease in caulk gun cartridges or smaller tubes that don’t require a grease gun, so I would research that option first.

O’Reilly’s, NAPA or Carquest should be able to order the proper grease for you without too much time delay in delivery.


#3

It is doubtful if anyone can tell you if you really need NLGI #1 grease except the Tacoma engineers. As a guess, it is likely you can get away with NLGI #2, but the cost of the recommended stuff is minimal. So it’s up to you.


#4

Thanks jayhawkroy,
I’ve been to Autozone and Advanced but will try NAPA and Ridge. The closest to no. 1 that I’ve found was no.1.5 at Rural King. I’ll also search Lubriplate which sounds like a better option. This is something that doesn’t need to be done very often but I try to take care of my trucks so it needs to be done. Thanks again.


#5

After research I decided to use the synthetic NLGI #1. It looks like it would be best in cold weather (which is when I kick the front drive in). Only one problem - nobody sells the stuff. Nobody local, nobody I can find on the internet. Does it even exist?


#6

Go to a Toyota dealer parts dept. If they don’t have it then the Tacomas going in the service area aren’t getting NLGI#1 either.


#7

Amsoil also sells it for about $7 per tube, plus shipping. Heavy equipment dealers like Cat should also carry it. See if Uncle Turbo’s solution works first, though.


#8

What?? Something on a Toyota that needs to be GREASED?? Most old trucks that need to be greased are happy to get whatever grease happens to be in the gun…


#9

It’s an '07 and under warranty. Although I see there are a lot of old Toyota trucks still on the road.


#10

Thanks for the suggestion. I tried industrial supplies (MSC, etc.) no luck. I’ll try the heavy equipment dealers next.The AMSOIL site refuses to accept password and as far as the non-toll free phone number - “We’re not at our desk right now or the line is busy.”


#11

ANY grease is bound to be better than no grease…

“I need to grease the front drive thrust bushings with synthetic oil & lithium soap based chassis grease (NLGI No. 1).”

Thrust Bushings…Are those the same as Muffler Bearings?