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Lubricant for Window Tracks?

Discussion in 'Body / Exterior / Interior / Cosmetics' started by BrutalB83, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. BrutalB83

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    What kind of lubricant is supposed to be used in window tracks??? I've got a 95 Civic DX that I bought for cheap to use as a winter beater and the driver's window is really hard to crank up. I already replaced the window regulator crank because the old one was bent up and broken, but I'm afraid the new one is going to get bent up as well.

    I have plenty of lithium grease in the garage, but that seems like it's more for metal and it seems like it would make a mess on the window. So...silicone-based lubricant? Something else I'm not aware of? Any tips from people who have dealt with this? Apparently it's common on the 92-95 Civic to have problems with the manual windows...
     
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    on the elantra forum it has been advised to use air tool oil. lithium grease will collect dirt and grime and turn goopy.
     
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    i usually clean condition and lubricate the rubber window channels with the silicone spray lubricant
    has worked well for me thus far

    if you are talking about the metal inside the door i dont know what to suggest ive never had to mess with those... but the air tool oil sounds like solid advice
     
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    You know what...I think I did read that somewhere. I'll look in to it, thanks.

    Yeah, the rubber channels that the window slides up in to are what I'm talking about. Ok, so +1 on silicone lubricant. I might have some of that already, so I'll give it a go and see what happens...
     
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    This is what I use when I'm not totally lazy. You can get it at the auto parts store. It's what's been recommended to me by quite a few custom shops before. When I AM being lazy, I use... nothing.
     
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    Well, I found a can of silicone spray lube in the garage, so I'm going to give that a go this weekend. Will report the results...
     
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    spray it heavy
    let it soak for a few minutes
    wipe out the track with a rag
    repeat 2 or 3 times (more if the track is really dirty or the rubber is really dry)
    finish with a light coating of silicone


    also helpful for conditioning the rubber seals everywhere else and stopping the hatch squeak and such
     
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    +1 for silicone lubricant. Actually just did this on the Integra.
     
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    1. lube it
    2. stroke it
    3. wipe out the white stuff
    4. repeat

    Got it. :ph34r:
     
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    Nice, I will give it a go. Thanks!
     
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    hey, um... in my experience with the window track (rubber guides) issue... lube works for a while... but then it starts to bind again after a while... windows binding usually points to worn guides.. it allows the glass to kinda wedge itself into the window frame instead of going stright up and down.. buy a new set of rubber window guides and you can kiss the lube goodbye....
     
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    Yeah, I wondered about that actually. I bought this car for $1,000 just to use as a commuter, so I'm trying not to spend a ton of money on it, ya know? I'll give the silicon spray a try and then maybe look in to new tracks if it doesn't help...
     
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    the silicone does soak in to and condition the rubber and can revive it as long as its not completely trashed
     
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    Update...I cleaned out the track, doused it with the silicone spray, let it soak in for a bit, doused it again, and then rolled the window up and down several times. It now works perfectly! Thanks guys!
     
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