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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-10-2008, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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Dielectric grease

I think I'm a little "unclear" on the grease issue...

After you've cleaned a connection, should you grease the parts and then assemble, or assemble and coat over with grease?

You don't actually want the grease to be in-between the the two points of metal to metal contact correct? Or doesn't matter?
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Yes, you actually want the grease at the contact points - improves conductivity and reduces oxidation of the metal. You don't want a lot, however, because like any grease it picks up crud. So just a dab'll do you. Battery terminals are a great place to grease - you want all the conductivity you can get, and definitely as little oxidation as possible.

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Thanks Cindy.

And the same would apply for the plug for the R/R? A little grease inside of the plug, so the terminals all have some, as well as like around the outside to keep water out?

(I'm doing a major electric inspection today to try to find my starting problem-can ya tell? LOL)
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Yes but be certain you use dielectric grease. Some grease types have too much conductivity and will short stuff out.

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How to use dielectric grease- from Clymer manual

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I think I'm a little "unclear" on the grease issue...

After you've cleaned a connection, should you grease the parts and then assemble, or assemble and coat over with grease?

You don't actually want the grease to be in-between the the two points of metal to metal contact correct? Or doesn't matter?
Hey 750DOUG, here is the word straight from the horses mouth. (no pun intended) EMPHASIS IN TEXT IS MINE.

From page 290 of the Clymer manual, I paraphrase. It says to thoroughly clean and dry the connectors. Then PACK one of the connectors with dielectric grease prior to connecting, so that some squishes out.

On SINGLE wire connectors PACK the FEMALE side.

On MULTI PIN connectors PACK the MALE side.

The ENTIRE INNER AREA should be FILLED.

Also PACK the BACKSIDE of BOTH male and female connectors to prevent moisture from entering there. After it is fully packed, wipe off excess from exterior of connector.

Get in the practice of cleaning and sealing all electrical connectors every time they are unplugged.

I hope that answers all your questions about using dielectric grease Doug. Good Luck in the search for the cause of the no start.

Just a heads up to anybody, especially in Canada, looking for dielectric grease. Shop around before buying. A 3 oz tube at NAPA was $15. I got a 4oz tube at Princess Auto (a Canadian Discount chain) for $3.50 on sale ($5 regular price). By comparison, Napa is $5/oz and Pr Auto is $1.25/oz reg price and Only $0.88/oz on sale.

P.S. NOTICE WHEN SHOPPING FOR DIELECTRIC GREASE---NOT ALL CONTAINERS ARE MARKED WITH THE WORDS "DIELECTRIC GREASE". The tube I got at Pr Auto is made by Grote and marketed as "Ultra-Seal" with smaller print saying "corrosion preventive sealant". Not all sales personel will know what you want. The first gal I asked, pointed me to a display full of spray lubricants. I eventually found it in the area where the crimp on connectors and automotive wire were displayed. Don`t give up on the first try if they tell you they don`t sell it. You may have to explain what it is for, or ask to talk to a supervisor or manager to be sure whether or not they carry it.

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Princess Auto Rocks! I love that place. It's like a harbor freight but with more auto stuff.
Wow, I'll bet I'd be allowed to go there once.

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Good info Hoss, thanks.
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Not all dielectric grease has those words on the package

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Princess Auto Rocks! I love that place. It's like a harbor freight but with more auto stuff.
I should have known that if anybody south of the 49th knew about Princess Auto it would be somebody with a name like kanuck.

After I posted yesterday I looked at both tubes of grease again and noticed that the one from Pr Auto did not have the words "dielectric" printed on it anywhere. Refer back to P.S. NOTICE above in post #5 for complete message.

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Anyone use the dielectric grease on their spark plug boot?

I swear by it on the quads, but don't see myself trying to go through 2 feet of water on the bike.

But with each cylinder having one plug sunk down in, it could make a difference it you were parked and it got rained on.

Global warming? So what if my kids never see a polar bear. I never saw a dinosaur and I'm ok.
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