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Old 01-03-2019, 01:30 PM   #1
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Question WD40 or Grease? (Wagon rear strikers)

Hello, would you "WD40" or grease the rear strikers that hold the second row of seats in place (and which release when you need to knock the seats down)? Mine are constantly getting stuck and I have broken two latches as a result...
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Old 01-03-2019, 01:31 PM   #2
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WD-40 is a terrible lubricant (the stuff in the blue/yellow can). In fact, it's not really a lubricant at all. I'd probably try something like white lithium grease.

However, WD-40 does in fact make a grease!
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Old 01-03-2019, 01:49 PM   #3
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Yep, white lithium grease.
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Old 01-03-2019, 03:37 PM   #4
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Syl-Glide - Silicone grease. Works on almost everything.
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Old 01-03-2019, 03:47 PM   #5
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I rarely use WD-40 on anything. I prefer white lithium grease, or silicone spray if I want something thinner.

WD-40 is a W-ater D-isplacement fluid. Good for soaking metal in for rust prevention, but even then it evaporates eventually.
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Old 01-03-2019, 05:18 PM   #6
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I would use WD40 to clean whatever old grease, dust or dirt is on the latches. Then see how well they work before adding grease.
Perhaps just a good cleaning will eliminate your issue.

I try to avoid grease on parts of the interior that something (other than the latch) will rub against - like clothing or cargo.
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Old 01-04-2019, 12:36 AM   #7
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Are the strikers properly aligned? Or have the years taken their toll, such as hinges bent, causing the strikers to hit a part they’re not supposed to?
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Old 01-04-2019, 01:31 AM   #8
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I don’t see evidence of them being bent. I tightened the bolt, cleaned with WD40 and then added in white lithium grease. I’ll keep you all
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Old 01-04-2019, 05:27 AM   #9
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I'm curious if it solved the issue ?
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:21 PM   #10
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Lucas White Lithium Grease, big tube at Lowe's, $4.99, a real bargain, so many uses....
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Old 01-10-2019, 03:46 PM   #11
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Wurth HHS Plus owns all of the other suggested latch and linkage lubricants. Give it a try.
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I use the spray white lithium. Works really well and you can get it into all the little gaps. That said, the Syl-Glide works really well also. You can get it in a spray can as well.
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WD-40 is evil.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:21 PM   #15
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It seems to be working. I used the WD40 to clean and then the Lucas Oil White Lithium on the part itself. Thanks for all the input! If you guys could help with my fuel injector issue thread now haha.
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