Lubrication is key in any mechanical system, ensuring smooth and efficient operation and increasing the durability of vital components. In today’s world, there’s a whole array of lubricants designed for specific tasks.
If you’re one of those professionals looking to keep things running like a well-oiled machine (literally!), we’ve got you. We will explore five lubricants common to any mechanic’s shop that will ensure you choose the right lubricant every time.
Motor oil - The lifeblood of engines
When referring to automotive lubricants, motor oil is probably the first type that pops into your mind. This is the unsung hero of most vehicle engines. In a nutshell, its convenience reduces friction between moving parts and prevents excessive wear. But it’s more interesting than it seems! The oil is perfectly formulated to withstand the high demands of an internal combustion engine. Motor oils come in a variety of viscosities and formulations to suit different engines and weather conditions. It’s best to choose the viscosity (denoted with a code such as 5W-20) that is recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer, and look for an oil with an API (American Petroleum Institute) certified seal.
Grease - Staying together
We can say that grease is a bearing’s best friend. It's thicker than motor oil and sticks around for long periods of time, delivering extra staying power to bearings, moving components and joints. This tacky feature protects against water and contaminants, keeping your parts in good working order. Remember, when you need things to stay put and running, reach for the grease gun!
Penetrating oil - the loosening magician
We’ve all had nuts and bolts that refuse to budge, and that's where penetrating oil shines. This particular type of lubricant is designed to creep into tight spaces to help overcome rust and corrosion. Spray it on stubborn nuts and bolts, give it a little time to work its charm, and watch the magic occur! If for some reason you’ve run out of penetrating oil, the Olsa Tools bolt extractor wrench set is here to save the day.
White lithium grease - Versatile and trusty
This substance is like the Swiss Army Knife of automotive lubricants with a versatility that makes it ideal for a complete range of applications including door hinges, garage door openers, and more. It’s water resistant and provides long-lasting lubrication. This is your go-to option for the household and workshop alike, so you’ll definitely want to keep it around. White lithium grease is great for high stress and higher temperature situations than silicone grease.
Silicone grease - A rubber’s best friend
Have you ever wondered how to keep rubber components like seals and gaskets in tip-top shape? Silicone lubricant is the answer! Its components are made to effectively prevent cracking and drying out, ensuring parts remain flexible and leak-free. Plus, it’s excellent for reducing friction in plastic parts too. Whereas lithium grease is petroleum based and can cause plastics and rubber to break down, silicone grease is safe to use on most rubber and plastics. However, it is not suited for high stress or high temperature applications, unless you get a silicone grease that is specially-formulated for those scenarios.
Dielectric grease - Electrical contact protector
Dielectric grease is a type of silicone grease that is also safe to use around plastic connectors and rubber seals. However, it is specifically formulated to be non-conductive, which makes it great for insulating electrical connectors to keep out dust and moisture to prevent corrosion.
Graphite lubricant - Locks and latches whisperer
When it comes to locks and latchets, graphite lubricant is a hero in disguise. Unlike oil-based lubricants for automotive applications, graphite won't attract dust and grime, making it ideal for keeping your locks smooth and functional. A little dusting of graphite can work wonders, so you'll never feel locked out again!
Now you’re armed with the knowledge to tackle those creaks, squeaks and stubborn nuts like a pro. As a professional in the industry, staying on top of all the top-quality automotive lubricants and tools not only helps to enhance your services but also shows commitment to using the right tools for the job. Embrace the power of proper lubrication and elevate your automotive repairs to a new level of performance and longevity. Remember, always read the labels, follow manufacturers’ recommendations, and store lubricants in a fresh and dry place.