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What is better than WD40 to clean worm screw and bearings?
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Cabralkev
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I've been cleaning the worm screw and worm screw bearings with WD40 for 2  years now... No issues. Recently I've been cleaning under the rubber  boot with WD40 and greasing it with triflow synthetic grease. I heard  today WD40 is not good for bearings. What else can I use to clean the  worm screw and bearings? Someone suggested PB Blaster. Here is the  product: https://m.canadiantire.ca/products/productDetail/0381510P/false/false/false?selectedSku=0381510

What do you all think?                                                
2017-12-13
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Cabralkev
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Is this stuff a better option? https://wd40specialist.com/products/silicone-lubricant/
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This would be better

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RichJ53 Posted at 2017-12-13 22:18
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This would be better

Should I stop using the Tri Flow Synthetic grease? Or should I still use it and just use this Tri-Flow Pin Point Lubricator to clean the bearings and old grease from the worm screw?
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Cabralkev Posted at 2017-12-13 23:26
Should I stop using the Tri Flow Synthetic grease? Or should I still use it and just use this Tri-Flow Pin Point Lubricator to clean the bearings and old grease from the worm screw?


I use Tri flow to clean the parts. Also use  lithium based white grease and put it on the gears. The trick is to use grease sparingly, because it will attract dirt and debris. This is great under load and hi temperature plus it stays coated on the gear surface ...
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I was only required to do maintenance once on my inspire 1 aircraft. So far my inspire 2 has not required any maintenance.
Remember this is only my experience over the years with many other mechanical parts
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RichJ53 Posted at 2017-12-14 09:02
I use Tri flow to clean the parts. Also use  lithium based white grease and put it on the gears. The trick is to use grease sparingly, because it will attract dirt and debris. This is great under load and hi temperature plus it stays coated on the gear surface ...
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I was only required to do maintenance once on my inspire 1 aircraft. So far my inspire 2 has not required any maintenance.

I understand. I'll pick up this Tri-Flow Pin Point Lubricator to clean. And keep using the Tri-Flow Synthetic grease to keep things moving It's good stuff I like it.
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Cabralkev
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What's the difference between Blister Card Pack and Merchandiser Pack? I'm about to buy the Tri-Flow Superior Pin Point Lubricator
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If you cannot locate products mentioned previously try these items (as they work great and are easy to find):

• Cleaning bearings with a quality citrus-based cleaner. These are readily available at stores like Walmart.
• Lubricate with sewing machine oil. This is also available at stores like Walmart. As mentioned before though, you only need a small bit of lubrication. Using too much will attract debris.
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theGrindLab.com Posted at 2017-12-18 05:57
If you cannot locate products mentioned previously try this items (as they work great and are easy to find):

• Cleaning bearings with a quality citrus-based cleaner. These are readily available at stores like Walmart.

WD 40 is terrible, You are correct, sewing machine oil is the best !! and as you say used sparingly wont attract dust and wear the rubbing  parts prematurly !

Great minds think alike I guess !!

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theGrindLab.com Posted at 2017-12-18 05:57
If you cannot locate products mentioned previously try this items (as they work great and are easy to find):

• Cleaning bearings with a quality citrus-based cleaner. These are readily available at stores like Walmart.

Interesting about the sewing machine oil.  I take care of the embroidery machine and given how many stitches that thing makes in a single design (10,000+ needle drops.) I never thought how well the oil works on the mechanism as it has yet to fail or need repair.  I'm using Pfaff Sewing Machine Oil (German) and it may be some thin silicon-based oil (Looks almost like water.)

The racing motorcycle I have with a chain use an oil that has a wax in it.  The theory  is the wax prevents the dirt from getting into the chain.  Sprays on wet to lubricate the links, but becomes like wax when dried to seal in the oil and out the dirt.  Or that's their theory.

There is a grease made for acme screw-drive mechanisms like the Inspire uses.  "Nook E-100" spray as well as  "Genie Screw Drive Operator Lubricant" for garage doors.
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Donnie * Posted at 2017-12-18 06:44
WD 40 is terrible, You are correct, sewing machine oil is the best !! and as you say used sparingly wont attract dust and wear the rubbing  parts prematurly !

Great minds think alike I guess !!

I learned this from reconditioning bearing for longboards before races. So glad I learned it because the "official" bearing stuff is very expensive, harder to come by, and doesn't seem to work any better than sewing machine oil.
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fansa84fe8a4 Posted at 2017-12-18 06:48
Interesting about the sewing machine oil.  I take care of the embroidery machine and given how many stitches that thing makes in a single design (10,000+ needle drops.) I never thought how well the oil works on the mechanism as it has yet to fail or need repair.  I'm using Pfaff Sewing Machine Oil (German) and it may be some thin silicon-based oil (Looks almost like water.)

The racing motorcycle I have with a chain use an oil that has a wax in it.  The theory  is the wax prevents the dirt from getting into the chain.  Sprays on wet to lubricate the links, but becomes like wax when dried to seal in the oil and out the dirt.  Or that's their theory.

Right. I wasn't a believer at first, due to the thinnest (or its viscosity) but I am happy I tried the stuff.
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theGrindLab.com Posted at 2017-12-18 05:57
If you cannot locate products mentioned previously try these items (as they work great and are easy to find):

• Cleaning bearings with a quality citrus-based cleaner. These are readily available at stores like Walmart.

Should I stop using Tri-Flow Synthetic grease as lubrication? Been using it for 2 years, been good so far. As for the WD40... I only used it maybe 10 times to clean out the old grease on the lead screw and bearings. I'll be able to get the Tri-Flow Superior Pin Point Lubricator this week. Hopefully it's good to clean off the old grease off with it. I assume it'll clean the old grease off far better and safer than WD40.
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I would never consider WD40 as a lubricant.

As it’s initials suggest, its primary use is as a Water Displacement fluid.
I understand it can also cause rubber and neoprene to swell, which could damage seals and “O” rings

We mainly used it in the military to protect airframes from corrosion.
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Des_B Posted at 2017-12-19 00:24
I would never consider WD40 as a lubricant.

As it’s initials suggest, its primary use is as a Water Displacement fluid.

Yeah that's why I'm going to stop using it. Getting Tri-Flow Superior Pin Point Lubricator: https://www.amazon.com/Tri-Flow- ... Blubricant&th=1 to clean my old grease off. Then regrease it with Tri-Flow synthetic grease. It works well with the bearings as well. The Tri-Flow Superior Pin Point Lubricator says: Formulated solvents to clean, soften, and remove dirt contaminants in the description.
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Cabralkev Posted at 2017-12-18 15:12
Should I stop using Tri-Flow Synthetic grease as lubrication? Been using it for 2 years, been good so far. As for the WD40... I only used it maybe 10 times to clean out the old grease on the lead screw and bearings. I'll be able to get the Tri-Flow Superior Pin Point Lubricator this week. Hopefully it's good to clean off the old grease off with it. I assume it'll clean the old grease off far better and safer than WD40.

I cannot speak on Tri-Flow Synthetic grease, as I have never used is unfortunately. Perhaps someone else can chime in on it.
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So the Tri-Flow Pin Point Lubricator came in yesterday. Awesome stuff! I applied a few drops to the bearings area and wiped it with a cloth. Cleaned the old grease off real well, very impressed! In the up coming months I'll be using this product to clean off the old grease under the rubber boot. This time not using WD40 like I did previously . What do I need to purchase so I can refill the Tri-Flow Pin Point Lubricator when it's empty? Can I purchase this and use it to refill? https://www.triflowlubricants.co ... bricant-drip-bottle.

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