The first can I got was a free sample. Can't remember where and when
but it was before I got my mechanics licence in Dec 1971 - Likely at
a Texaco sponsored service station training meeting.
For years the stuff was not readily available on Canadian shelves.
Haven't bought a can for YEARS..
"Ed's Red" is a pretty good mix
1 part Dexron
1 part Varsol (stoddard solvent)
1 part Acetone
Optional (and recommended) 1 lb anhydrous Lanolin per gallon.
It was originally a "bore cleaner" for guns but makes a pretty good
On 11/8/14, 9:30 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
CRC's closest replacement seems to be Power Lube. Their best
penetrating oil seems to be Freeze Off. It cools the material to help
it wick the solvent. Amazon reviewers say it works when nothing else
will. One reviewer wasn't satisfied. He still had to get a breaker bar
and a pipe to remove overtorqued lug nuts. :)
Howzabout you morons buying a can of graphite suspended in a solvent.
Napa auto stores carries 'em. Douche yer locks with the
graphite/solvent, then wait for the solvent to evaporate. No more
frozen locks. And yes, it gets cold, here. I've seen my locks work
fine at 30 deg F below zero. That's 50 deg F below freezing.
Sorry, when the lock mechanism fills with water and it freezes, the lock
doesn't work. It's raining now and will freeze tonight. I bet when I go out
to the shed in a few minutes and pop the cap off the Ace 'weatherproof' lock
water will run out. Graphite, Tru-Flow, BreakFree, WD-40, doesn''t make a
My guess would be, you should prevent the water from getting into the
lock in the first place. Much to my amusement, this is one time a
small piece of duct tape jes might actually solve yer problem. ;)
I don't have problems with our car door locks freezing, but one of cars
(a 2004 Lincoln LS) has an annoying problem a couple of times each
winter. If it's been above freezing and raining and then the temperature
drops quite a bit the front passenger door latch won't do its thing and
keep the door closed. Obviously something is freezing up inside the door.
I only notice this happening if a passenger gets in and the sound of the
door closing and latching isn't isn't normal. If I let the engine warm
up and turn the heater on full blast in about 5 minutes whatever is
frozen melts and the door latching returns to normal and stays that way
for a long time until the next "rain and freeze" situation.
Yeah, I know, I should pull the inside panel off that door and see what
I could lube up, maybe I'll get to it this year.....
The quick and dirty way:
After dark, go out with the car keys, Mini Mag
flash light, and WD-40 with the LRT.
Roll the window down. Lean over, look in
with the mini mag. At the door edge, you
should see mechanism. Use the LRT to hose
down the latch mechanism.
Pull the door lock and opening handle (while
watching from above into the door) to see
what moves. Hose it down again with WD.
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