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Old 04-28-2019, 02:14 AM
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Question Vaseline as a temporary lubricant. What say you?

I keep a small tub of "petroleum jelly" on the lubricant shelf. Back when I used to build transmissions, it was the go-to to keep check balls in place. Some tranny builders I know swore by "red" chassis grease for this purpose but I did not.

I also like to use it as a pre-lube on lip seals.

So what does our resident Petroleum Engineer think? Put the Vaseline back in the medicine cabinet?
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Old 04-28-2019, 02:21 AM
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I keep a small tub of "petroleum jelly" on the lubricant shelf. Back when I used to build transmissions, it was the go-to to keep check balls in place. Some tranny builders I know swore by "red" chassis grease for this purpose but I did not.

I also like to use it as a pre-lube on lip seals.

So what does our resident Petroleum Engineer think? Put the Vaseline back in the medicine cabinet?
It's good for a light film on toilet seats and waiting to hear the loud blast of curse words come from the bathroom...
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:17 AM
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I keep a small tub of "petroleum jelly" on the lubricant shelf. Back when I used to build transmissions, it was the go-to to keep check balls in place. Some tranny builders I know swore by "red" chassis grease for this purpose but I did not.

I also like to use it as a pre-lube on lip seals.

So what does our resident Petroleum Chemist think? Put the Vaseline back in the medicine cabinet?
Nothing wrong with that choice. I use corn head grease, either is fine.
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:26 AM
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Corn head grease...now that's a term I've never heard before. That and vaseline on a forum like this? I think this thread could turn interesting...
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:30 AM
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Corn head grease...now that's a term I've never heard before. That and vaseline on a forum like this? I think this thread could turn interesting...
https://www.shoupparts.com/302562-Cornhead-Grease

Not corn hole grease... LOL
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:46 AM
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Glad to hear that . It is my go to for hyd,. Cyl seal install.
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Old 04-28-2019, 12:35 PM
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Vaseline was used as a lubricant before it became a household medicine cabinet staple... Like Listerine and many other products were all designed as something else before becoming the staple of many medicine cabinets.

It was not till much later they discovered the many uses of such products and some reformulated to human consumption and external use...

Sort of like the use of corn hole crames now many use them for wrinkles treatments to reduce aging wrinkle looks and bags under eyes...

So using it "Vaseline" for seals and transmission work has been being used for a good while now that I am aware of...

And still works well for toilet seats to get back at some pranksters.
along with saran wrap...

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Old 04-28-2019, 05:25 PM
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...not corn hole grease... Lol ...
Dang, can't have a string of smileys without some text...and they've gotta be after the text too...

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I've been using Vaseline on car battery terminals since I was a teenager and never had a problem with corrosion or anything else for that matter. I'm a little older than that, now.


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Old 04-29-2019, 03:15 AM
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I will use it on crankshafts I'm going to store and wrap them in that plastic wrap. Vaseline does not seem to get old and cakey like bearing grease from sitting for a while and seems to be easier to wash off with a little lacquer thinner than bearing grease once wiped down...

I never thought of using it on battery terminals I've used the red spray that only seems to work for an extremely short time if it even works at all
"The Red Terminal Spray" that is.

I've also used it to coat the output shafts and input shafts of Hyd Pumps and cylinders to hang for Painting and then I'll wrap it with newspaper I get that is from discarded rolls with no print on it with a tab of masking tape to keep them protected for when I send them back to the customer. Use to use electrical tape but customers complained of the tape being gooey after they remove it.
But buying vaseline at the grocery store now days is about what a can of general all-purpose grease is So I go to the dollar general and the dollar stores for it same size tub for a dollar to dollar fifty.

So yeah it got lots of uses but I still haven't found a use for external use on a person I don't like the feel of it... and never felt like it help with much of anything for human use or at least one I can say worked or can think of.
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