Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Jim, Sep 26, 2003.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    This may be a silly question but what type of grease can one use on plastic
    components behind the dashboard. Is general purpose grease or petroleum
    jelly okay? I need to apply some grease on the heating control unit where
    the temperature slider slides across indentations on the underside of the
    unit. It needs to be a grease type lubricant and not a spray.

    In addition, what can one do to reduce the amount of effort required to move
    the temperature slider on a '94 Civic.
    Jim, Sep 26, 2003
  2. Honda Parts departments have a great lubricant for this. It's called "Super
    High Temp Urea Grease" and works great for lubing metal/plastic pivot
    points. Use this on the under dash heater-lever pivot. Also loosen the pivot
    screw and put some under the washer there.

    Also a terrific Honda only product (as far as I know) is a silcone paste
    product called "Shin-it-su". It is awsome on window channels, door seals

    Often techs have extra and if you catch one in a friendly mood, they may
    give you enough to try out.
    psychicmechanic, Sep 26, 2003
  3. Jim

    Milleron Guest

    is that for attaching those rubber parts to the body or for
    lubricating them when they squeak?
    Milleron, Sep 27, 2003
  4. Jim

    Thomas Cooke Guest

    I have a 2002 Civic and I don't know about in the dash, but on the door
    hinges I use Marine grease, because I figure if it can stand up to the ocean
    its good for the road! I put it on the door hinges and door, hood and trunk
    Thomas Cooke, Dec 1, 2003
  5. Jim

    Guest Guest

    If the plastic is vinyl (PVC) or if you're not sure what it is, then
    use only silicone oil or grease since other kinds will damage it.
    Silicone should also be used on natural rubber and EPDM (water hoses,
    weatherstrips). Nylon and polyethylene are OK with most greases, but
    I'd use lithium grease on them since that's what's most common. I
    think that your slider uses lithium grease, but Radio Shack transistor
    heatsink grease would also be OK.

    Cole-Parmer, , has
    a chemical compatibility guide for many materials, including rubber
    and plastics.
    Guest, Dec 2, 2003
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