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From being 10 years old, I was "trained" to use WD40 to clean my bike!
I was also told to use 3-in-1 oil to LUBRICATE it.

8 years later, I was taking a trip to South France with a camping trailer......
Lights failed, so guess what?, I sprayed WD40 into the 7 pin plug.
100 miles later, NO lights, warning buzzer for indicators going all the time.
Stopped, checked the plug,
WHAT plug!?!?!?!
Almost all the plastic had "crumbled" away....:eek:

AFTER my "stressful" journey (having bought new plug/socket in Calais, and rewired the whole sh*t on a camp site), I did some research.
WD40 is a Water Dispersant....the 40th one they tested!
The "aerosol" fluid used actually rots plastic and rubber!

Just beem searching on Google for ways to remove silicone sealent around a sink....(silicone rubber gaskets are also used for your electrical connections to keep water out!)
Guess what?
WD40 "rotted" the silicone away better than the expensive "propriety" products!

KEEP THE WD40 IN THE SHED FOR THE BIKES AND GARDEN TOOLS!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq2Z-i5Iy7s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wayyzrga0Q

Any chance a "Mod" could make this a "Sticky" in the relevant section?
 

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Hey Andy

PlusGas to remove rusted nuts/bolts...T:
3-in-1 oil for general lubrication.
Silicone grease for rubber lubricant (door seals, etc).
Electrolube (or similar) for electrical contacts.
Duck Oil is good for "after" repair use.

ANY product with "oil" in the name is NOT good for electrical contacts.....oil is an insulator....NOT what you want for contacts!

WD40 IS good to spray on the OUTSIDE of electrical stuff......such as distributor cap (OUTSIDE) and ignition leads.....but NEVER onto the actual "metal" contacts.
It's also REALLY good to polish metal panels :*
My brother repairs/services lifts in the UK.....
He uses 5 litre bottles and rags of the stuff to "wash" the S/S walls of them!!!! (Also works well if you have S/S panels behind your cooker!)

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Something that actually works BETTER than PlusGas (Rake told me this, and until I tried I didn't believe it).....
Cillit Bang! (Cooker cleaner!)
Really.....try it.
Spray on, leave for 30 mins or so....you'll see the bubbling "rust". (best on steel to ally corrosion)
Worked GREAT for removing the injectors.....may take longer on suspension parts.
 

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Don't leave it on too long!

30 mins to an hour....then wash off. (With water...)
Try again if needed.
On steel it's OK, but you have to be careful with ally products.

The injectors into the block/head were why Rake originally suggested it.......but I've used it for other "stuck" items too.
 

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Dielectric grease

Good for connectors, I agree....BUT....don't put too much INSIDE the connector.
Grease/oil is an insulator!
 

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Any suggestions on what to use to losen my torsion bar bolts,a while back i sprayed them with the trusted wd40 everyday for a week and they still wouldnt budge,was going to give it another go with a different product but not sure which one?
 

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Any suggestions on what to use to losen my torsion bar bolts,a while back i sprayed them with the trusted wd40 everyday for a week and they still wouldnt budge,was going to give it another go with a different product but not sure which one?
PlusGas works well.
 

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according to the wife (she who must be obeyed)..

mix biological washing powder,bi-carbonate of soda,lemon juice to a paste, better than cillit bang ?? !!!

no water, no seasoning required.

i will wait to get shot down in flames by mr.Or_GasM.Rasp:
 

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PlusGas works well.
Plusgas every time, amazing what I have loosened over the years that nothing else will touch

WD40, for cleaning chains on motorcycles and REMOVING oil / grease / childrens crayon marks on walls

GT85 for general light lubrication

ACF 50 for corrosion prevention (The best)
 

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Thanks for the tip on the plus gas Or_GasM,just raised my torsion bar after spraying every night for the last week,was surprisingly easy to move the bolts compared to last time with wd40 and couldnt even get them to budgeT:
 

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according to the wife (she who must be obeyed)..

mix biological washing powder,bi-carbonate of soda,lemon juice to a paste, better than cillit bang ?? !!!

no water, no seasoning required.

i will wait to get shot down in flames by mr.Or_GasM.Rasp:
No reason for me to fire my guns Rasp:

"Home-Brew" recipes often work the best.
Personally, I think a little salt and pepper would improve the taste when your licking your fingers clean.....but that's just MY habit (said the Nun).
 

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Just found a new one on Wiki-Wotsit:
"Does WD 40 remove oil from driveway?
Yes, in some cases, WD-40 may help remove oil stains from concrete driveways. WD-40 is a water displacement spray that has the ability to penetrate and remove grease. To use WD-40, first spray a generous amount on the oil stain then let it sit for at least twenty minutes

So basically, it works very well at removing lubrication... ;)
 

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Try a blow touch on block driveways burns off the oil.. Use ppe as the blocks do spit a bit.
 
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