Easy slide: A light lubricant like ProGold can work wonders if
you’re having trouble with friction at cable ends. However, the
best solution for a sticky cable is usually to replace it. For the
full “Garage Files” on cable replacement, check the November
Don’t do it: Resist the temptation to lubricate the seals on any
suspension component. These rubber seals are self-lubricating,
and additional lubricants waill only attract dirt and can cause
damage to both the stanchions and seals.
Instead: Keeping suspension components clean will make them
run smoother and longer. We like this handy “flossing” technique with a clean paper towel to get the hard-to-reach dirt
away from the seals.
Handiest tool in the garage: Keeping a supply of hand towels
in the garage makes clean-up a snap. We also like to use them
before working on easily contaminated components like brake
pads and rotors. These ones from 1.7 are pre-moistened with a
degreasing cleaner and just a little grit to get your hands extra
Read the instructions: Before using any chemical, make sure it’s
recommended for the components you’re using.
Look for the obvious signs: If a bolt has threadlocker on it from
the factory, it doesn’t need grease since the factory applied
threadlocker, both to keep the bolt in place and to keep it
from seizing. Never apply both a threadlocker like Loc-Tite and
grease to the same bolt. ■