How to Load a Grease Gun Cartridge

Loading a new grease cartridge seems easy enough, but if you don’t do it right, an air lock might keep grease from coming out when you pump the gun. Here’s how to avoid air lock-and how to get rid of them if you’re reading this too late.

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Pack the Grease Gun Head

Pack the Grease Gun Head

Prevent air locks by filling the grease gun head before adding the new cartridge. Scoop any remaining grease out of the old cartridge and pack it into the head.

Insert the new cartridge and screw on the barrel until it seats against the head. Then back it off two turns and release the spring tension. The remaining air should bleed out through the loose threads. Finish tightening the barrel.

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Burp From the Top

Burp From the Top

If you’ve done that but still have an air lock, remove the plug. Unscrew the plug on the head of the grease gun, but keep it positioned directly over the hole. Screw it back in as soon as the air bubble clears. 

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