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Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:34 pm 
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So I had my passenger side door latch break on our last camping trip. I had Bill May weld it for me. The problem I have is that before it broke, the latch would sometimes stick (so does the drivers side). I would spray some lubricant in the latch to free it but this is only a temporary fix. How does one lube this up so it is good for a long time?

Also the other issue I have is that after Bill welded this latch back together, I installed it only to find out that with the outside door handle installed tight, the latch will not unstick regardless of what I do besides loosen up the door handle. Thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: sticky door latch
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What kind of "lubricant" are you using? :-k

FYI, WD40 actually dissipates whatever oil/grease was there to begin with. So, while it does initially "lubricate" the item, once it dries out so does the grease. Best way is to remove the item, clean thoroughly, lubricate with proper oil/grease, make sure it operates correctly, then reinstall it. Quick way is to try your best at spraying the proper lubricant hoping you get it to where the binding is. :neutral:


Same with the handle issue. Need to find out exactly how is it affecting it. :???:

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 Post subject: Re: sticky door latch
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what do you use Ivan to lubricate your latches?

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Truth be told, my very own "mix" of grease with motor or gear oil. For items like door mechanisms you want something more pasty than fluid. I normally use this mix for the steering box as it makes for less chance of leakage. :cool:

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wow specific and vague all in one response. :???: :roll: What kind of grease and what oil do you use? What is the mix ratio?

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I use a white lithium grease in a spray can. Works well and lasts for quite a while .
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awesome! Thanks Chris!

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I have six cans of this one...it's worth every penny. :grin: :lol: :---)

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I'm a big fan of PB Blaster. WD40 wasn't doing it so I bought a can of PB and it loosened my door latch with a quickness! I applied it to my gate latch that has been sticky for the whole 12 years that I've had my truck. After a couple weeks of applying every other day, it works great now. I should've done it years ago.

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Agree the PB Blaster works well,

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It seems over on TheSamba that they use grease which means they drill out the rivets and grease up the latch.

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