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Old 09-04-2002, 12:47 PM
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Talking Dielectric grease rant!!

Anybody else got a thing for dielectric grease? I use it on anything and everything electrical...automotive, and around the house..I use the stuff on household fuses, auto bulbs, speaker wire terminals, batteries in my camping lantern, even on my batts for my cordless drill!! This stuff comes in really handy for one particular use though, PLUG WIRES!!! Put a little dab in the ends with a toothpick, doesnt take much, install and twist a little to smear it around....six or eight months later they come off like the day you stuck em on!!! Anybody else dig this greasy concoction?? And no, Im not a dielectric grease salesman, Im bored.

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Trust me - don't run a hemi without this stuff!!
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Here's a little trick, buy the stuff called "Silicone vacuum diaphram grease". It's thicker and won't harm rubber like petroleum based dielectrics. I use it on most everything, the latest use I had for it was in my steering wheel for the computer. The little potentiometers inside are carbon type and when they get dirty the wheel will not hold a calibration and when your driving in a game the wheels of the car are constantly twitching. I disassembled the potentiometers and cleaned them with alcohol and then packed them in silicone grease, nine months later and it still works perfectly. My 5 year old uses it daily too. I also did the bushing surfaces where plastic meets plastic and no more stiction! Plastic on plastic is a hard material to lubricate but silicone grease works like a charm.

It also protects CV boots well and won't wash off in the snow, I don't install a rubber bushing or seal without a coating of this stuff on it. My factory CV boots have 375 000 Km on them and they still look new and soft. Try it you'll like it. <img src="graemlins/pimp.gif" border="0" alt="[pimp]" />
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I totally agree about the vacuum grease, there's nothing like it. Just try not go get it on your hands, it's tough to get off because nothing cuts it very well. Here's another use: coat the rubber door gaskets on your daily driver with it and your doors won't freeze in the winter. Put it on with your finger and wipe as much off as you can..leave no excess or you will get it on your cloths. Man cannot survive on just duct tape and JB weld alone, we need vacuum greese too!!!
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What are you talking about doors freezing shut?!? Let me tell you how fast I would be leaving a place that did that to my car. Pretty durn fast. Give me the good old central California desert any old day of the week.
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Two years ago, 8 teams of two left out of South Carolina to fix a problem with UPS electrical panels. I got the luck of going to Nebraske, South Dakota, and Iowa. Did I say this was in December? We had to chase down trucks and pull all fuses and coat with this grease and install a foam cushion around the fuse panel box. The fact they power wash these truck at the end of a run had nothing to do with it.
That is some dern good stuff!
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Jeeezahs, I'm going to be a freaking jeenyuss if I are to keep reading these posts, I learn something new everyday. I AM going to buy some of this stuff, but where? I've never heard of any of this stuff. Thanx, Dan
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Try Permatex Dielectric Grease or Dow Corning 4 electrical insulating compound. If you have any connector problems, try Stabilant 22a (this fixes intermittent faults), but is soooooooooo expensive. The grease though is good for stopping fuses welding to their sockets.

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This is the stuff I use...here.
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would this type sillycone work well on my wife's udders or should I shop for another type....they are in need of a bit of help...maybe one of those air ride kits......just a thought...
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We use this stuff a lot in the oil fields. It's the only lube that will stand up to 500F steam we inject in to the ground to liquify the crude oil.

One caution; even small amonts of silicone grease will nuke a paint job so be very careful to isolate it to it's intende use. Don't lather up your plug boots with your pointer finger then immediately go wet sand your primer in prep for a color coat.
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One last thing I should mention is that it makes the finest boot leather waterproofing agent I have ever tried, I have a pair of steel toe hiking boots that were wet everday I owned them and after 3 years the leather is still soft and water repellant.
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Are there any stores or businesses that carry this stuff or is it strictly an order type of thing? Dan
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Any auto parts store will have the Permatex version on the rack with tubes of stuff.
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If the "Charley's" parts store in Alliance Nebraska had it, I know you can find it anywhere. You may,dare I say, have to ask the dreaded "COUNTER DUDE!"
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