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Old 07-06-2006, 12:18 PM   #1
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lube for door hinge?

The door hinge on my 68 is groaning. What is the best lube (product name) to use? And not to use? I assume this info is elsewhere but I can't find it right now. Thanks. Edwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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Old 07-06-2006, 03:54 PM   #2
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I use a silicone lube.
Since the hinge is aluminum on aluminum, you're going to get black gunk that builds up over time on the hinge - remember this when you enter and exit - it makes a MESS of clothing!!

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Old 07-06-2006, 07:07 PM   #3
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Silicone is really not that good a lubricant, so I use a lighter weight sewing machine oil to do the job. I have SS hinge pin and plastic thrust washer.
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Old 07-06-2006, 07:20 PM   #4
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Boy this sounds too simple, but I got great results with WD=40. Of course that and duct tape is really all you need for most of life's projects.
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Old 07-06-2006, 08:33 PM   #5
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Boy this sounds too simple, but I got great results with WD=40. Of course that and duct tape is really all you need for most of life's projects.
When I set up the trailer and get it ready to tow I have a can of WD-40, a can of Silicone, and Reese hitch ball lube on the storage comparment door. I lube as I go, I wipe down my water hose and power cord with a shop towel and Silicone every time a stow them. Keeps things clean and a lot easier to handle.
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Old 07-06-2006, 10:47 PM   #6
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Check your rivets...

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The door hinge on my 68 is groaning. What is the best lube (product name) to use? And not to use? I assume this info is elsewhere but I can't find it right now. Thanks. Edwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
Hello,

We have a 1963 Bambi... when my husband disassembled it during restoration he discovered that our door has a steel plate on the back for support, stainless hinge, sandwiched with the aluminum skin and aluminum rivets. We nearly lost our door (almost flew off going down the interstate... ) because our rivets had corroded and just sheared off. They looked fine on the outside. So, if you haven't restored or gone so far as to disassemble your shell to see how your door is riveted... and it is groaning... along with some kind of lubricant, you might also check the integrity of your rivets. It was awful to look out the rear view mirror and see the door to our Airstream dragging on the road...

If that doesn't appear to be an issue, then use whatever you can that stops the groan and go camping!

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Old 07-07-2006, 02:12 AM   #7
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The door hinge on my 68 is groaning. What is the best lube (product name) to use? And not to use? I assume this info is elsewhere but I can't find it right now. Thanks. Edwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
EdW,

I use a fairly new product from DuPont called Teflon Dry Lube. It is usually available in aerosol or liquid bottle from Lowes, or from a few automotive sources on the Net. It is probably the best lube I have used in the recent past.

It sprays on wet then dries quickly to a smooth, dry finish, has great staying power, is non-reactive with just about anything and also does a great job of lubricating. I currently use it on everything from squeaks and rattles to awning rails to hinges to bicycle and motorcycle chains. It does not collect dirt or dust and stays on in the rain also.

PS: I will not use WD-40 for anything except an ocassional rusted bolt, but PB Blaster works much better there anyway!!!
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Dry Lubes are the way to go. Jig a lube also sprays on wet, soaks in, and thats it. NO BLACK RESIDUES ever!! Also great on window sliders etc.

We have 7 bikes (pedal). Before using dry lubes I was spending hours every year cleaning dirty, oily, black chains. Now the time spent is about 80% less.
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