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#3222152 - 12/19/13 10:10 PM Dielectric grease or something else?
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey
I have a bunch of DC sae connectors for quick connection of my battery chargers to my less often used vehicles. Some are made of bright stainless, others are some metal with a corrosion resistant coating. The former look great, the later are showing some discoloration. I'd like to put something on them to keep the elements a bit further out and prevent corrosion.

My first thought was dielectric grease, but not sure if its the right thing. These connectors are just peeking out from underhood, but if the product separated and ran, it would be on my paint... Don't want that.

The product would need to prevent corrosion and preferably moisture from accessing the connections, not create a high resistance connection, and not run or bleed out.

Recommendations?

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#3222279 - 12/20/13 04:56 AM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: JHZR2]
Falken Offline


Registered: 07/30/12
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I would have a rag that has a bit of vaseline in it, that way you could quickly buff it on and it won't run.

Also, vaseline is pretty safe.
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#3222651 - 12/20/13 12:30 PM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: JHZR2]
wayne50 Offline


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Loc: alabama
I thought that was exactly what di-grease was for. Just use a thin film and there should be no dripping. Just my .02

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#3222669 - 12/20/13 12:49 PM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: JHZR2]
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#3222677 - 12/20/13 12:55 PM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: JHZR2]
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Loc: Ohio
Spray them with Fluid Film which I think you've stated in the past that you have on hand. Not as messy as smearing grease everywhere.
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#3223439 - 12/21/13 08:28 AM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: JHZR2]
ARB1977 Offline


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I use dielectric grease when ever I remove a connector.
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#3228931 - 12/27/13 06:57 AM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: ARB1977]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
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Loc: Western NY
Originally Posted By: ARB1977
I use dielectric grease when ever I remove a connector.


Same here!
ATMOF, my BIL uses Dielectric Grease on so many things that, he claims that he is finding more & more uses for it including brakes & brake hardware(never failed yet!). And he works in the heavy duty truck field.
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#3229139 - 12/27/13 12:49 PM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: JHZR2]
daved5150 Offline


Registered: 02/04/12
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Loc: WNY
I've always used dielectric grease on my plow motor and solenoid connections with great results. Like everyone else has said, that's what its designed for...any outside electrical connection to prevent corrosion.

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#3229789 - 12/28/13 07:45 AM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: JHZR2]
Oil Changer Offline


Registered: 08/28/06
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Loc: Michigan
Sorry to hijack, JHZR@ but there is so much confusion concerning dielectric grease; I'm confused myself. So how about a game? List all the applications you use dielectric grease on.

I have only used the tube stuff by placing a small amount on the end of a spark plug and a little on the inside of the boot. I also put a little on every electrical connector I have apart. How many uses am I missing?

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#3230293 - 12/28/13 08:19 PM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: JHZR2]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 37336
Loc: New Jersey
I use it on all electronic connections in my vehicles. Thing is, open and exposed 12v battery charger connections aren't permanently connected, is a bit different, at least at my first glance.

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#3231074 - 12/29/13 04:22 PM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: JHZR2]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 2028
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Hello, A smear on automotive lamps will reduce resistance and corrosion and ease removal. Kira

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#3232823 - 12/31/13 01:35 PM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: JHZR2]
George7941 Offline


Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 1678
Loc: Toronto, Canada
Dielectric grease will work just as well as anything else.

The absolute authority on electrical contact greases is Nye Lubricants
http://www.nyelubricants.com/products/nyogel.shtml

Nyogel is recommended by GM and Ford to prevent fretting corrosion on electrical contacts.

Motorcraft XG12 dielectric grease for electrical contacts is manufactured by Nye Lubricants
https://www.fcsdchemicalsandlubricants.c...ategory=Greases
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#3278323 - 02/11/14 04:42 PM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: George7941]
buck91 Offline


Registered: 04/17/12
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Loc: West Michigan
Originally Posted By: George7941
Dielectric grease will work just as well as anything else.

The absolute authority on electrical contact greases is Nye Lubricants
http://www.nyelubricants.com/products/nyogel.shtml

Nyogel is recommended by GM and Ford to prevent fretting corrosion on electrical contacts.

Motorcraft XG12 dielectric grease for electrical contacts is manufactured by Nye Lubricants
https://www.fcsdchemicalsandlubricants.c...ategory=Greases


Any idea what the difference bewteen the MC XG12 and XG-3 dielectric grease is?
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#3343146 - 04/15/14 04:51 AM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: JHZR2]
dnewton3 Offline



Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 6364
Loc: Indianapolis, IN
This application (temporary el connections) is a great use for dilectric grease.

I use it for this very same purpose (for my Battery Tender connectors) as well as plugs such as the various trailers I use (RV, boat, utility).

It would have to be HOT (well above ambient temps) to make it run. And it wipes off clean with no residue typically.
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#3345938 - 04/17/14 08:37 PM Re: Dielectric grease or something else? [Re: Oil Changer]
friendly_jacek Offline


Registered: 05/04/03
Posts: 6414
Loc: southeast US
Originally Posted By: Oil Changer
Sorry to hijack, JHZR@ but there is so much confusion concerning dielectric grease; I'm confused myself. So how about a game? List all the applications you use dielectric grease on.


Here is one. I replaced a motherboard in a laptop and the connection with monitor was very poor no matter how many times I reattached the tiny plug. Remembering that DG fixed intermittent harness connection problem in my Subaru many years ago, I tried DG on the motherboard socket and it worked on the first try and works like a charm a yer later.

Could someone please tell me how exactly it works. If not, I will have to believe in miracles.

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