RC Radios, Transmitters, Receivers, Servos, gyros Discussion all about rc radios, transmitters, receivers, servos, etc.

Servo grease? Will clear silicon work?

Reply

Old 03-27-2002, 09:35 PM
  #1  
OnTheEdge
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Drums, PA
Posts: 1,185
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Servo grease? Will clear silicon work?

Will clear silicon grease work to lub the gear train in servos?
OnTheEdge is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2002, 02:11 AM
  #2  
Vince
Senior Member
My Feedback: (1)
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Nederland, Tx.
Posts: 1,642
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Servo grease? Will clear silicon work?

I would not use silicone, as it congeals over time. I would use a light grease such as lithium, or lubriplate. Even vaseline would be better than silicone IMO. I am thinking of the silicone grease like to lubricate valves. Really you need very little lubrication in the gear case. Some new servos that I have had an occasion to open up didn't have any lubrication in the gear case. If I were to use any (which I wouldn't), I would use it very sparingly.

Vince
Vince is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2002, 07:30 PM
  #3  
SitNFly
Senior Member
My Feedback: (54)
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Four Corners
Posts: 701
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Servo grease? Will clear silicon work?

Where can you buy the silicone grease? I'm familiar with silicone sealant, but not the grease.

Rein
SitNFly is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2002, 12:59 AM
  #4  
flatfour
Senior Member
My Feedback: (8)
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Midlothian, IL
Posts: 597
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Servo grease? Will clear silicon work?

You can get a big tube at NAPA Auto. Sold as Sil-Glyde
flatfour is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2002, 02:20 AM
  #5  
Gene Chernosky
My Feedback: (182)
 
Gene Chernosky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Sinton, TX
Posts: 522
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Silicone or White Lithium Grease??

Hey...you choose...both are good!

Silicone and white lithium grease should be available at any good hardware shop.

Just be careful not to pack the gears with too much grease...a little goes a long way...any more, and it slows down/binds the servo.
Gene Chernosky is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2002, 10:32 PM
  #6  
ftomteen4cat
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Posts: 91
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Servo grease? Will clear silicon work?

When I was doing pro audio repair, we had some kind of opaque black grease for lubing ADAT and DAT transport tape guide rails. It might have been metalized. It had the consistency of vaseline, and was only used for metal-on-metal.. I've seen the same stuff in VCRs. For nylon gear trains I was using lithium grease.

All I was told was that we bought it from Japan and it cost $$$ compared to other greases. Apparently, it was some high-quality stuff. Has anyone heard of it, know what it's called or where to get it?
ftomteen4cat is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2002, 03:32 AM
  #7  
captinjohn
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Hesperia Michigan, MI
Posts: 12,941
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Silicone grease

Ladyflyer: I was given a small container of grease made by Dow and I think it was of a silicone type. The person who gave it to me worked at a food processing plant. If I recall it said something about being a dielectric grease. Anyway I used it to lube gears in a fishing reel, but then used it to lube the pot in some of my older servos and it took the jitters out. All that was needed was a tiny dab on end of a toothpick. Then spread that out with clean finger. I am not home right now so I cannot read what it says on container. It was a neat kind of grease for sure. They may have far better stuff out now- right. Captin John
captinjohn is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service