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Grease Temperature Limits

Grease is a combination of oil and thickener

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Grease is a combination of mineral or synthetic oil and thickener - also called soap. Rust and oxidation inhibitors are also often added.


  • Oil content ranges 70 - 97% - commonly about 80%

The temperature limit for a grease is limited by the oil and thickener used.

Grease ThickenerTemperature Limits
Aluminum 180 82
Barium 225 107
Calcium 170 77
Lithium 300 149
Sodium 250 121
Synthetics < 500 < 260
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