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Rear leaf Spring bushing lube?
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Hi guys, before I put my rear leaf springs back in, should I apply some lube of some sort to the rubber bushings? No grease, but perhaps a silicon assembly lube? Like what i have for brake cylinder assembly lube, or is anything I put on just going to wash Off quickly any way?

Posted on: 2013/5/3 11:26
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The rubber bushings are to be installed dry w/o lubrication. If were going to go contrary to that I'd probably use some silicone spray lube or even a little brake fluid.

Posted on: 2013/5/3 13:49
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I would check with who made them or who you got the bushing from. They would know best.
Wes

Posted on: 2013/5/3 14:52
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Guess I will put them in dry. Rubber should be better than squeaky poly bushings. I can't find anything at eaton about lube, so dry it is. I still have to refurbish the rear axle, so only the front eyes will go in today, the rear eyes will wait a few more weeks. Thanks guys!
Also posted the question on the Eaton springs forum. I'll let you all know what Mike the Spring Guru says!

Posted on: 2013/5/5 2:08
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Ack!
I was just looking in the shop manual, and they do specify lubricating the bushings with brake fluid!!!
Man, I should read and re-read the manual....
Page 16 of section XVI Suspension and Steering

Posted on: 2013/5/6 5:51
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Man, I should read and re-read the manual....

Evidently I should as well...sorry about the misinformation.

Many years back when I worked as a grease monkey there was a product called "Ruglyde" which was intended for lubrication of rubber bushings and the like. I don't know if it's still available but I still have a can and use it occasionally.

Posted on: 2013/5/6 7:50
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Dave, I haven't heard of Ruglyde in 50 years! Just how old are you??

Posted on: 2013/5/6 8:55
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Dave, I haven't heard of Ruglyde in 50 years! Just how old are you??

More than 50, less than 100. Thus about the same age as you are, Randy.

Posted on: 2013/5/6 9:04
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Posted on: 2013/5/6 11:11
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Back in the day when our Packards were newer, it was a common practice to spray on some brake fluid on rubber suspension bushings as part of a chassis lube job. We also applied some motor oil to the outside of the hand brake cable housings. Don't recall doing anything to the leaf springs.

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Posted on: 2013/5/6 12:19
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