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Old 07-26-2007, 12:27 AM   #1
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Question Want to clean up coilovers this weekend...How to clean/relube?

I've got a set of inverted monotube coilovers and the dampers have built up some goo/gunk from use and various road crap that they have picked up over the last 1.5 years.

I'd like to clean that off, and then re-lube them with something that won't harm the upper seals...

I figure assembly lube is safe, possibly axle grease?

Any recommendations?

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Old 07-26-2007, 12:53 AM   #2
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If you are going to pull them apart and lube the inside below the seals I would use either some lithium grease or synthetic bearing grease. Last time I did it I used Mobil 1 lithium (the blue stuff).
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Old 07-27-2007, 12:26 PM   #3
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Old 07-30-2007, 01:07 PM   #4
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So I put the car on stands and spun down the lower spring perches. These coils were dirty =P The rear's sit at an angle to the body, such that the top of the coilover is further back than the front, kinda like this => / The front edge of the shaft had some nice black gunk on it.

I cleaned them off and re-lubed with the white lithium grease. I also took a brass brush to the threads on the coilover body and re-lubed all of that to try and keep it corrosion free for another year. I spun the spring perch back into place and was good to go.

Didn't change ride height at all, so no need for an alignment.

Went for a test drive and hit some good bumps to get things lubed up. I did a few panic stops, where I'd normally feel the rear of the car stick and then settle once I came to a complete stop...completely cleared up. No more sticky rear dampers!!

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Old 08-01-2007, 09:47 AM   #5
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Alright, white lithium grease = teh loose...

It all dried up and started flaking off...now the top seal on the damper binds against the shaft, causing all sorts of noise when I'm driving

It's 2-3X stickier than it was before now...

Gonna have to find something different

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I wouldn't spray it on everything, but a solid / dry film lubricant may be useful in some areas. They are generally silicone or PTFE based and are supposed to reduce friction and delay corrosion. There are several available as aerosol sprays that dry at room temp.
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I wouldn't spray it on everything, but a solid / dry film lubricant may be useful in some areas. They are generally silicone or PTFE based and are supposed to reduce friction and delay corrosion. There are several available as aerosol sprays that dry at room temp.
Well, I'm sure it's fine on my coilover threads, but it's obviously not right for the damper shaft itself...

I may just use some axle grease...that stuff never dries up.

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