Lubricating a jockey wheel...what with

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Just bough a new alko (pheumatic tyre) to replace the existing rubber one. Noticed the handle is not as long a hence seems much harder and more effort to turn. Also it appears to be dry, can I , should I lubricate, if so what with...the van appears to have a lot of white looking grease on a lot of the parts after the service? I guess normal grease is going to be mucky and a potential hazzard for getting on clothes etc...or am I just being Mr fussy!
 

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All grease is mucky!! whether it is white, black, copper or grey.

I use motorbike chain lube on most winding mechanisms as it is very sticky, does not melt in the summer sun and stays where it is put.
 
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At the risk of teaching grandmother...etc I always wind the two parts of the jockey wheel apart, take it out of the A-frame or bracket, and pump ordinary grease down the hole on the lower part - not a lot, the threaded bit is only an inch or so. Then, on re-assembly, I trickle a bit of oil into the knob pivot, and a bit more where the handle turns around at the top of the shaft.

Happy winding.
 

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