Not sure if this is the right forum for this, but nothing else look more appropriate...
I had to have all the ball joints and the rear u-joint replaced on my truck (89 sr5 4x4, 318k miles) about a week ago. I changed the oil yesterday and got the grease gun out to hit the zerks too. My concern is that the new fittings have absolutely no sign they were ever greased. There is no sign of grease on the zerks (they're still cleaner than my silverware), there's no grease coming out of the joints on the uj, and the feel and look of the seals on the ball joints leads me to believe there's no grease there either.
My question is: Do these parts come from the factory pre-greased? I thought they might have a little machine oil on them to prevent rust in storage, but that's all I'd expect.
If they did in fact get installed without being greased, how much damage have I done by running them dry for 1000 miles?
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