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Old 05-28-2011, 11:56 PM   #1
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A good way to lube tailgate hinges?

Is there any easy way to lubricate the tail gate hinges? I have a 98 that are sticking and making it hard to swing the tail gate.

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Old 05-29-2011, 12:12 AM   #2
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I replaced the hinges on my 98. so worth it. just a little $$$... but swings like a million bucks... I tried greasing it every way i could think of and fit grease in there. there is a point where its just not saveable.

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Old 05-29-2011, 12:13 AM   #3
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Every thong I have read says to replace then.
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Every thong I have read says to replace then.
I'll have to look into these new interactive thongs...
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:54 PM   #5
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I just sprayed some penetrating oil into them and worked them back and forth, and then sprayed them again, and kept working the tailgate back and forth. That freed them up quite nicely, and then to protect them a little from getting bad again too fast, I sprayed on some white lithium grease and worked it in a little. Took about 5 minutes and they swing like new!
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i'm having the same issue, i've been spraying wd-40 on them and swinging back and forth for an hour with no improvement.

It seems that it's not penetrating inside, i think i'll drill a 1 mm hole in the moving part of hinge and spray in it. hopefully this will work
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:30 AM   #7
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Spray alot. Mine swing too good now and I haven't lubed In a year.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:38 AM   #8
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PB blaster works wonders on mine......
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:48 AM   #9
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i've been spraying wd-40 on them and swinging back and forth for an hour with no improvement.
No matter how much the WD-40 marketing team wants you to believe it, WD-40 is NOT A LUBRICANT. It will actually strip lubricants OUT of what it hits. It's primary purpose is to prevent rust, and to help break it free if it has already taken hold.

You want to be using a penetrating oil at all the hinge gaps. Or, as you mentioned, drilling a small hole and forcing some oil/grease into it. Careful not to go too far in and mess up the pin though.
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YES! WD-40 is a solvent not a lubricant.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:17 AM   #11
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i used the pb blaster lubricant. worked great. just have to use a lot.
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did the holes, put some oil in them, the gate is still a bit stiff but much better, will add more tomorrow and exercise with the gate some more
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YES! WD-40 is a solvent not a lubricant.
WD-40 water dispensing formula #40
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This is where i drilled a hole, it worked great, the gate opens/closes smoothly now. It's on the inside so it doesn't show when the gate is closed
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Now that you've got the hole drilled, try white lithium grease as a lube.
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Every thong I have read says to replace then.
Come on don't keep us in suspense....replace the thong then....then...then what????
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:53 PM   #18
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Slick 50 makes a spray lube in a red can, the stuff is amazing, I use it on everything, hard to find, I have had my can for 8 years now, hope It never runs out. It has solved problems no other lubes have.
Copy on the WD 40. It's old school and does not lube, prevents rust
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Drlii the hole half way down on the outside. Spray in lubricant. Work the door to loosen it up. Drill the hole over to 13/16". Tap 1/4-32 threads and put in a grease nipple. Good forever. 1999 Wrangler.
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i'm having the same issue, i've been spraying wd-40 on them and swinging back and forth for an hour with no improvement.

It seems that it's not penetrating inside, i think i'll drill a 1 mm hole in the moving part of hinge and spray in it. hopefully this will work
WD 40 is not a lubricant!
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did the holes, put some oil in them, the gate is still a bit stiff but much better, will add more tomorrow and exercise with the gate some more
Spray them while the tailgate is open and pull up on the open end to work the oil in and respray and repeat.
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wd-40 water dispensing formula #40
yes!
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WD-40 water dispensing formula #40
not to nit-pick but it's actually :Water Displacement, 40th formula not dispensing
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not to nit-pick but it's actually :Water Displacement, 40th formula not dispensing
Not to nit-pick but it's actually Water dispersing.
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Not to nit-pick but it's actually Water dispersing.
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From wd40's website:

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While the “W-D” in WD-40® stands for Water Displacement, WD-40® Multi-Use Product is a unique, special blend of lubricants. The product’s formulation also contains anti-corrosion
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WD-40 Facts - Read WD-40 Myths, Legends and More!

While the “W-D” in WD-40® stands for Water Displacement, WD-40® Multi-Use Product is a unique, special blend of lubricants. The product’s formulation also contains anti-corrosion
Water displacement is a description of what it does (in layman terms) and it does this by being a water dispersant. As far as being a lubricant, if it is it is a piss poor one.
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Yeah, it's definitely not a lubricant. It cleaned alright, and removes sticker residue, but that's about it. It is, however, awesome for drilling and tapping aluminum.

But for tailgate hinges, other then figuring out a way to grease them, or possibly installing Teflon washers, about the easiest/cheapest think you can do, is just replace them.
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This is where i drilled a hole, it worked great, the gate opens/closes smoothly now. It's on the inside so it doesn't show when the gate is closed
I did this on mine. It works great! However, drill the hole in the center, not so close to the top. Make sure you only drill through the hing but not the pin.

Here is the link to the source that pointed me in that direction.
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