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What's the Liquid Dripping from My Grease Gun?
I use Mobil 1 Synthetic Grease, and I notice a red liquid dripping from the grease gun. What does this indicate? What can I do about it?
-- Joe Damptz, Henderson, NV
Yes, all grease will separate oil from thickener over time, some more than others. Even a high soap grease like Mobil 1 Synthetic Grease will bleed some oil, especially if the gun is left under pressure when sitting on the shelf. The length of time it's undisturbed, increased temperatures and increased pressures all promote oil separation.
As far as remedy, there's no harm to the performance of the grease, so the little bit of few drops that are lost won't affect the grease's ability to lubricate. Release the pressure on the gun, wipe it off and it will be fine.