Anti-seize grease plays an important role in an automotive shop. It limits corrosion and makes it easier to remove fasteners later on. However, you can do more harm than good if you don’t use it correctly. Follow these tips to ensure you are using products effectively.
Use the Correct Product for Each Application
Even the highest quality products are limited to the correct use scenarios, and one product can rarely accomplish every task. That’s why there are several different types of anti-seize grease available. They come in different formulas and with various application methods. It is up to you to choose the product best suited to your needs.
For example, anti-seize products are perfectly suited for limiting problems associated with mixed metals. However, the metals in question often dictate what type of grease is best suited to the application. It’s a sound policy to follow the labeling instructions on each product if in doubt.
Stay Within the Product’s Working Temperature Range
Car engines get hot, but exhaust pipes get hotter. Most engines have a maximum safe range of about 250 degrees Fahrenheit. A standard exhaust reaches around 500 degrees Fahrenheit, while one on a performance vehicle can easily reach 1,000 degrees. If you use anti-seize on an exhaust part, you need a product designed to handle those temperatures.
Know When Not To Use Anti-Seize Grease
This is a tough one since anti-seize lubricants offer so many benefits. However, the truth is that they aren’t always necessary. In fact, in some cases, using one can cause problems and may even be dangerous.
The basic rule of thumb is that if a part is going to experience heavy movement, you want to find another product to grease it. In other words, go ahead and use it on wheel studs, but use a more appropriate grease to pack your wheel bearings. You should also avoid using it in the following situations:
- On damaged bolts
- On exposed threads
- On bolts that have been cross threaded
Apply Grease Correctly
Even when you have the right product, you can still make mistakes that undermine its performance.
Correct lubrication of a bolt makes it easier to tighten it. As a result, you’ll need to use less tension. A good rule of thumb is to reduce torque by 25% to 30% when using grease, but check your specific product’s packaging for details.
Use Grease Sparingly
This is one of those times where a little bit goes a long way. Over-applying lubricants will make a mess. it can also contaminate nearby surfaces that should not come into contact with it. Use as much as you need to get the job done — no more, no less. Excess product will attract dirt and debris, potentially creating the very problem you are trying to avoid.
ROGO Fastener is a family-owned business that has been serving auto repair professionals for over 30 years. We pride ourselves on providing superior products at affordable prices, which makes it easy for you to have the right supplies on hand no matter what repairs come your way.