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Lubricate Locks, Latches, and Hinges

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Fury, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Jun 11, 2012 at 8:28 PM
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    Fury

    Fury [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hi all.

    Here is the list of "Oil and Filter Service" items to be done in my owners manual supplement.

    OI L & F I L T E R S E RVICE​
    • Replace engine oil & filter.
    • Remove & inspect air filter element (Replace if needed).
    • Lubricate locks, latches & hinges.
    • Inspect lights, horn & wipers for proper function.
    • Inspect coolant, brake & washer fluid levels.
    • Inspect tires & adjust pressure as required, including spare. Rotate tires​
    if needed.

    I have always done my own oil changes.
    My new truck comes with 4 free changes. I've read many threads in here on the subject .... I've pretty much decided to do the first (and subsequent) services myself.

    My question to all the guys who do their own services ...
    How do you lubricate your locks, latches, and hinges ? - or do you do this at all ? The latches and hinges seems self explanatory besides what type of grease ? The locks, however ... ?

    Thanks guys.

    Cheers.


     
  2. Jun 11, 2012 at 8:56 PM
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    maxamillion2345

    maxamillion2345 Leaves the bay but brings all its problems

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    Try silicone spray or white lithium for the hinges and latches, and some powdered graphite for the locks, or the silicone for the locks.

    I wouldn't bother though unless you hear a squeak or something seems abnormal to you. Check your fuel filler door though. I think for most 2nd gens you'll probably be okay for many more years. Especially if it's a new truck.
     
  3. Jun 11, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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    Jimmyh

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    White Lithium Grease for hinges and latches. Always use a dry lubricant ( I use graphite ) for locks. Wet lubricants in locks only hold grit and will eventually seize or cause excessive wear.
     
  4. Jun 11, 2012 at 10:38 PM
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    F75gunslinger

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    3M makes a lock and latch lube that sprays in and dries..leaves behind a graphite residue..pretty good stuff in my opinion.
     
  5. Jun 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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    Khaos

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    My door key locks sometimes act like they're frozen stiff. I should probably find a way to lube 'em up.
     
  6. Jun 11, 2012 at 10:47 PM
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    F75gunslinger

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    Lube is your friend !!
     
  7. Jun 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM
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    sgtpepper

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    Anyone use bike chain lube .. White ligtening, Finish Line, Pedros .. they're all designed to penetrate, most are waterproof and run dry so not to attract dust/etc.
    I'm thinking bike chain lube on door/hood hinges. Maybe even the chirpy hvac fan.

    I read on another post that white lithium grease is water based. Can anyone verify? I suppose I can go spray some and run water over it, but that would make too much sense.

    ps. every time i use white lithium grease I think of Nirvana.
     

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