Bingo! Mine was a van, too, and the exact same weather conditions.
WD40 does exactly what it was designed to do. If you like WD40, try
LPS1, a better brand of the same type of water displacement snake oil.
Also comes in LPS2 and LPS3, each a thicker, higher viscosity,
WD40 in the squirt bottle worked real good for that. The early stuff
in the spray can worked good too, but you had to wait a minute or so
before reinstalling the cap, or the first spark would bounce the cap
off the hood, retaining screws, clips, or whatever not-withstanding.
You don't need to ask how I know - - - - - - .
On 11/19/2010 11:25 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I had an AMC Gremlin for a couple years and now and then I would find
the distributor cap popped loose, but the wires were still holding it in
position and it would still run as good as normal! I later found out
they had a problem as they cooled down, the vacuum advance line would
suck in some gasoline/fumes and leave it inside the cap. Spark - Pop!
I seriously wish I still had that Gremlin.
They were seriously underated cars.
I attended a road race at Leguna Seca CA in the early 70s. The
premier event had 40 Porsche Carreras battling it out, mostly amongst
themselves, with a handfull of heavily race-modified Corvettes
fighting it out for dead last. Astonishingly, in 15th and 16th place
(honest!) were two factory AMXs! They both died mid-way through the
race, but it musta really burned a buncha big-buck Carrera owners to
have to look at AMC taillights for a whole lotta laps
The more interesting race was the later sports sedan class, where it
came down to just three cars seriously mixing it up. A BMW 2002, A
Volvo (242GT?), and an ....wait for it.... AMC Gremlin! The Gremlin
finally edged out the Volvo, but couldn't quite pass the first place
Beemer, despite the two finishing nose-and-nose and the Gremlin
handily beating out two dozen other BMW entrants. I always got a
chuckle outta that race, as 2002s were considered THE premier sports
sedan of their day. More miffed Euro owners roundly trounced by an
alleged crap car upstart. hee hee.....
Leguna Seca was always good for humiliating puffed up drivers and
arrongant factory race teams.
Can you imagine being the owner / driver of a 76ish Corvette
big-block taking 3 runs on the slalom track to beat a 318 4X4
ramcharger on snow tires with a plough frame mounted???
His third and fastest run beat my 'charger by something less than 1
/100 of a second. On all the other runs I "had" him by over 2/100.
On my last run I had his first run by over half a second.
The beauty of low range full-time 4 wheel drive!!!
Hmmm....Olde Tymer in my local (much beloved) traditional hardware
store agrees with you. He steered me to CRC Heavy Duty Silicone.
I haven't yet conducted the requisite sophisticated comparison tests
to prove/disprove his opinion <g>. Just interesting how you
mechanically buy the same product for years...decades...until somebody
comes along with a Different Idea.
Just shows that everyone's got an opinion is all. Some more geezer-esque
Not refuting the old gent, but there are places you definitely don't
want to use silicone, particularly around painted surfaces or those that
are to be painted. Like WD-40, silicone is useful and works well for its
The fashion in killing has an insouciant, flirty style this spring,
with the flaunting of well-defined muscle, wrapped in flags.
I did find that it IS effective in making a wet distributor cap usable
to get home. HOWEVER, who has a distributer cap anymore? So yes,
worthless in this day and age. I can get kerosene for 2 something a
gallon if i need to and put it in the wd pump sprayer and no one would
tell the difference.
remove the "not" from my address to email
You hear about spraying dists with WD-40 more than anything else.
I think my last dist was at least 30 years ago.
Threw away my dwell meter long ago.
Wish I'd known about WD-40 in '68, before I started doing my own car
Had a '64 Olds Holiday '88 with a V-8 that wouldn't fire after it set
in the rain a couple days.
I put an alcohol heater under it when I just had to get it going.
Caused the crankcrase to explode. Did it twice! A kid.
Second time bent the valley plate causing oil to leak and cost me a
couple bills getting it fixed.
Think that's when I got more cautious "fixing" things.
For those using WD-40 on anything other than spaying distributors,
there's better and usually cheaper to use.
Regular motor oil in an oilcan works for most common hinge lubing.
Home interior doors, car doors, etc.
A couple drops, work it in, wipe of the excess.
Same for locks, a couple drops on the key, work it in, wipe off
I use 3 in One for some things, but mostly plain clean motor oil and a
A silicone spray or grease stick for what's allergic to oil.
All kinds of lubes, grease cutters and solvents that work better than
Cutting oil? Last time I bought a gallon it was cheap as dirt.
So maybe I have 6-10 different lubes/solvents around.
Every one works much better than WD-40.
But hey, if you like WD-40, use it.
I love freedom of choice! God Bless America!
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