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Spare Tire Rack Lube


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Wussup my ppl I'm wanting to kno if anyone kno how to lube the spare tire carrier on my WD21. I saw a thread bout it some years ago but am having trouble finding it now. Also if you kno of what I speak also any up to date info would be good too as the last time I think the post said something bout only being able to to get the tool from Harbor Freight.

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I am not sure what other way there is but I took some Tri Flow with a straw attached a d sprayed it in the little hole in the side of the housing. I let it soak for a day or so, did it again a d now it works like a million bucks. Would like to here other experiences and ideas....

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When you swing the carrier wide open you will see the holes on the inside of the carrier at the hinge point, one top one bottom. I know they say it's not really a good lubricant but I sprayed in the holes on my old 94 with WD40 and the thing still swings open with no effort at all.

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I did that to my rear tyre carrier last week. I put some ATF in an old medicine bottle it is one of those ones with a squeeze bulb on it with a plastic tube dropper. Squeezed some ATF into the holes to give it's medicine lol. Been opening it with just 2 fingers now.

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I took mine off the truck, got a guy at work to drill and tap it for a zerk/ grease nipple and I just give it a shot of grease every so often. There isnt a grease chanel as such but I seem to be able to get it in there and now have grease all around the shafts.

Works pretty well but he did say it was a bugger to drill out due to the angle of it on the drill press

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That was after I painted it, right after I bought the PF, flat black. see my pics in my build thread if you want to see good with wax ! LOL

 

http://www.nissanpathfinders.net/forum/topic/36309-ahardb0dys-94-pathfinder-se/page-2

 

 

tire carrier before and after page 1, nicely waxed with the Mothers 3 stage system page 2

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I've used many things to lube the carrier hinges, and yes, even WD40 will work ok for a while (and is the easiest) but what worked amazingly well for me was applying a little bit of Lucas Oil Stabilizer to the top and bottom of the hinges with an acid brush (dab it in the hole as well), let it sit for a day to creep, then open and closed it a few times to distribute it and wipe away any residue off. The LOS is like honey in consistancy, and the tire carrier opens so easily now that I have to be careful that it doesn't swing all the way open and hit hard on the stops. Probably the next best thing to zerks and grease.

 

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I've used many things to lube the carrier hinges, and yes, even WD40 will work ok for a while (and is the easiest) but what worked amazingly well for me was applying a little bit of Lucas Oil Stabilizer to the top and bottom of the hinges with an acid brush (dab it in the hole as well), let it sit for a day to creep, then open and closed it a few times to distribute it and wipe away any residue off. The LOS is like honey in consistancy, and the tire carrier opens so easily now that I have to be careful that it doesn't swing all the way open and hit hard on the stops. Probably the next best thing to zerks and grease.

 

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+1 for LOS - that stuff is liquid gold. Added a 1/2 bottle of the HD when I was topping up the (manual) tranny fluid as well.

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Come for the LOLs, stay for the veal...

 

Yes I know but who ever uses that lol. I remember the first time I saw that little do hicky I was like why is that there...oh to hold the frame open, doh!

Not once in 10 years, but then it hasn't attacked me in 10 years either... ;)

 

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I've used the metal retainer like two times since 2005. Since I discovered how to properly lubricate the hinges, I think I might be using the metal retainer more often. My tyre carrier is freed right up. ATF seems to not only lubricate but it works as a cleaning agent too it seems

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I ended up cutting the pin off of mine (the clips broke, so it banged into stuff). Somehow I always end up parking it with the passenger's side higher by enough to make the carrier want to shut on me. So I jam a screwdriver or a stick or something in there to hold it open.

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