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    How to use K-Y Jelly (for car repair)

    When I ran a salvage yard, I found a case of K-Y Jelly in the trunk of one. No telling what someone used that much for. However, I found that if you're putting rubber bushings into an old car (in this case, a 1970 Malibu) you can spray some water on the metal part, smear a little jelly on the rubber part, and it will generally go right in. Make sure to keep your hands dry though as you get them wet and then grab the jellied up part, it can sail a long ways under benches and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grouch View Post
    When I ran a salvage yard, I found a case of K-Y Jelly in the trunk of one. No telling what someone used that much for. However, I found that if you're putting rubber bushings into an old car (in this case, a 1970 Malibu) you can spray some water on the metal part, smear a little jelly on the rubber part, and it will generally go right in. Make sure to keep your hands dry though as you get them wet and then grab the jellied up part, it can sail a long ways under benches and such.
    I've aways kept a Jar of Vaseline on my tool box for installing rubber parts, on battery terminals, and to help keep parts in place during installations. Before I got married, I use to keep a small jar in the car...hehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J. ZIMM View Post
    I've aways kept a Jar of Vaseline on my tool box for installing rubber parts, on battery terminals, and to help keep parts in place during installations. Before I got married, I use to keep a small jar in the car...hehehe


    Never use vasoline (petroleum jelly) on anything rubber. The oil in it will soften the rubber and eventually rot it. Trust me on this. I've seen rubber parts such as weather stripping get spongey from the use of oil on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grouch View Post
    Never use vasoline (petroleum jelly) on anything rubber. The oil in it will soften the rubber and eventually rot it. Trust me on this. I've seen rubber parts such as weather stripping get spongey from the use of oil on it.
    KY is specifically formulated to NOT degrade rubber, and if you think about it, that makes sense.

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    I use Vaseline on all my electrical connections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    I use Vaseline on all my electrical connections.
    Thats where the term "I got her all oiled up for ya" came from....hehehe

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    Ha, yeah I've never had one "oiled up" electrical connection ever give me a problem with connectivity, or corrosion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    I use Vaseline on all my electrical connections.

    I used it for years but dielectric grease with a silicone base is better. I got a Jaguar once at the salvage yard and the owner was just tired of fooling with the "Prince of Darkness" Lucas electrics. I cleaned all the aluminum connectors and put dielectric grease on them and drove the car for a couple of years with no problems what ever.
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    I like the dielectric stuff too, but they don't sell it in huge containers like the generic Vaseline at Walmart! HA

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    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    I like the dielectric stuff too, but they don't sell it in huge containers like the generic Vaseline at Walmart! HA
    A little goes a long way. That said, instead of the little tube I usually get, I found a huge honkin' tube next to it at AutoZone. I even fixed the wondow motors on my lady friends car with that stuff. The little plastic bearings broke and I couldn't find replacements so I put little ball bearings in it. The dielectric grease held them in place while I put the gear assembly back together.
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    Aight dammit..

    I'm going to get some dielectric grease today and a tube of KY!

    You guys have me sold! LOL

    How about that other stuff..

    The stuff for sore muscles..

    What's it called again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    Aight dammit..

    I'm going to get some dielectric grease today and a tube of KY!

    You guys have me sold! LOL

    How about that other stuff..

    The stuff for sore muscles..

    What's it called again?

    When I played Rugby, I used Ben Gay. It's a good linament but also a good equalizer. Get into a scrum and someone foul you, you can take care of business. Just rub a bit on the forehead of the other guy who fouled you. A few minutes later, sweat will take it into their eyes. You really don't want that in your eyes. A little trick I learned playing football.
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    Ha Grouch you messed up my joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grouch View Post
    When I played Rugby, I used Ben Gay. It's a good linament but also a good equalizer. Get into a scrum and someone foul you, you can take care of business. Just rub a bit on the forehead of the other guy who fouled you. A few minutes later, sweat will take it into their eyes. You really don't want that in your eyes. A little trick I learned playing football.

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    This method over many years and recommend that you do not assume the trouble is a certain part, as a problem in one area will often show up as a symptom somewhere else. An example is carb malfunctions are often incorrectly assumed to be governor problems.
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