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    I am thinking about lubricating the hinges, locks, and latches on my '05 CRV. So, I went to the dealer's Parts Dept, and asked for a correct lubricant. They gave me Pro Honda White Lithium Grease, in a can. Well, I was expecting a paste-like grease, similar to what the car had from the factory, not a spray. But I was told that this lithium grease is exactly what the dealer uses when they service customers’ cars.

    Here are my questions:

    (1) is it Ok to use this Pro Honda White Lithium Grease to lubricate the hinges, locks, and latches (yeah, it says on the can “for door and hood hinges”, but is it safe for those small rubber seals on the doors)?

    (2) what is the name for the paste-like grease the car came with from the factory, and were can I get it?

    (3) what do you people usually use to lubricate the hinges, locks, and latches in your CR-Vs?

    I tried to do some search on the subject but couldn’t get a consistent answer.

    Thanks a lot.

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    1. Yes
    2. white lithium grease
    3. they gave you the correct grease. spray it on a paper towel and use your finger to rub it on the hinge, just like a paste. or simply spray it on the hinge.
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    Yep, White Lithium Grease is what I use for the hinges and latches. I just spray it on carefully with the little straw and wipe up any overspray. I've used it for the locks also to prevent freezing in the winter, but it will leave some residual grease on your key (if you don't have keyless entry).
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    Default Re: lubricant for hinges, locks, and latches?

    Quote Originally Posted by lary
    (1) is it Ok to use this Pro Honda White Lithium Grease to lubricate the hinges, locks, and latches (yeah, it says on the can “for door and hood hinges”, but is it safe for those small rubber seals on the doors)?

    (3) what do you people usually use to lubricate the hinges, locks, and latches in your CR-Vs?
    Latches and hinges - White Lithium Spray Grease
    Locks - graphite based lock lubricant
    Rubber seals and the window channels (just a little, don't soak them) - silicon spray

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    Don't spray that (lithium) crap inside your lock tumblers !! (not even if you live in Hawaii)

    (search and) Read the dozens of existing posts about lubricating LOCKS. Get Lock-Ease from a locksmith or hardware store (a graphite / aerosol, like Racoon said). Spray all five of your locks and work it in by massaging the key around and around. Wipe key with kleenex for the next few usages.

    The lithium isn't 'liquid' enough to soak into the door hinges either. I use a needle oiler with regular motor oil, although it doesn't stay clean for long.
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    Thanks for the replies. I was confused because this White Lithium Grease looks differently than the original lubricant. The original looked like Vaseline (maybe less viscous). But this stuff looks like... eh-h-h-h... shaving foam

    Anyway, it seems I got the right stuff. Thank you all again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curly Q. Links
    I use a needle oiler with regular motor oil, although it doesn't stay clean for long.
    I used motor oil on my old car; it lubricated well but was messy. I think the CR-V deserves something better

    "All five locks" ??? Mine came with only three...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lary
    "All five locks" ??? Mine came with only three...
    Right, five! Forgot about the ignition and the glovebox.

    I guess, replying to your own posts is still a part of the forum

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    for graphite spray grease. it's virtually colorless, is very easy to apply, leaves no messy dripping vaseline type residue, and lubricates greatly. like someone mentioned before - great for locks too, just have spray tube used. i had very good experience with it.
    otherwise, for metal parts, lythium greese is very good as it bonds to metal. hinges have very little metal exposed, though.
    we use, in my trade, for prosthetic needs, all kinds of lubricants. we found that stp oil treatment works the best on direct friction metal parts. if you have access to the friction surfaces. all it takes is just several drops of stp.
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    Default Factory grease

    Shin Etsu Grease available at the Honda dealers use on rubber door seals etc.

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