Just a thought because I plan to remove my doors this weekend, and I thought about whether I should consider ever lubing them.
They swing fine, but I've heard some are hard to remove and/or place back on the Jeep.
Should you ever lube the hinge?
If so, any recommendations? (Gun oil, motor oil, etc)
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This is what the maintenance schedule in the user manual suggest. Every 6 months.
WD40 now makes a white lithium spray. I think traditionally is like in a tooth paste type of application? I don't know much about grease. Maybe one is better than the other.
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Locks and all body pivot points, including such items as seat tracks, door hinge pivot points and rollers, liftgate, tailgate, sliding doors and hood hinges, should be lubri- cated periodically with a lithium-based grease, such as MOPAR Spray White Lube or equivalent, to assure quiet, easy operation and to protect against rust and wear. Prior to the application of any lubricant, the parts concerned should be wiped clean to remove dust and grit; after lubricating, excess oil and grease should be removed. Particular attention should also be given to hood latching components to ensure proper function. When performing other underhood services, the hood latch, release mechanism and safety catch should be cleaned and lubricated.
The external lock cylinders should be lubricated twice a year, preferably in the Fall and Spring. Apply a small amount of a high quality lubricant, such as MOPAR Lock Cylinder Lubricant or equivalent, directly into the lock cylinder.
Where do you find graphite? Do you need to remove any existing grease to apply the graphite?
Home depot has both powder and spray graphite. Found it in the hardware section by the doorknobs and screen door hardware. The spray goes on really thin but its easier to get it on the entire door pin.
I'd take the grease off here because I'm in the desert and grease collects sand and dust. Don't think it would hurt anything to have grease and graphite mixed, but ideally you want the graphite to stick to the metal, and it probably won't if its greased.
You could also just scribble all over the pin with a contractor pencil... Its basically the same thing. We used to do that for door hinges whenever we hung doors in houses. Even that small an amount would prevent creaking.
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