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#3282930 - 02/15/14 11:32 AM Oil for rubber gasket
ron in sc Offline

Registered: 05/31/06
Posts: 78
Loc: SC
I'm trying to remove a tach that is held in place by a rubber gasket. I know how it comes out but I can not get it to budge.

What lube can I use that will not damage the rubber?

#3282931 - 02/15/14 11:36 AM Re: Oil for rubber gasket [Re: ron in sc]
AandPDan Offline

Registered: 02/01/11
Posts: 806
Loc: MA
You don't want oil.

Try WD-40 or even liquid soap.

#3282978 - 02/15/14 12:23 PM Re: Oil for rubber gasket [Re: AandPDan]
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#3287677 - 02/19/14 08:25 PM Re: Oil for rubber gasket [Re: ron in sc]
Bob_E Offline

Registered: 02/07/14
Posts: 55
Loc: Long Island NY
You can buy a small container of silicone plumbers grease at any big box or hardware store. Safe for all rubber and plastic. It's the consistency of Vaseline and won't drip or run.
'12 Mazda6 2.5L PP 0W-20 & MC Fl-910s
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#3308417 - 03/11/14 03:30 PM Re: Oil for rubber gasket [Re: ron in sc]
camelCase Offline

Registered: 07/11/13
Posts: 168
Loc: Southeastern, USA
Just don't let that silicone mix with any lubricants. Silicone "oil" is typically a siloxane like PDMS. For what you are doing... I doubt you'd need something like that. A little soap would work like others said.

If you want something to prevent it from sticking in the future.... baby powder.

#3308519 - 03/11/14 05:09 PM Re: Oil for rubber gasket [Re: ron in sc]
buck91 Offline

Registered: 04/17/12
Posts: 1299
Loc: West Michigan
if you are willing to clean it with soap and water after removal why not just use something like 3-1 oil or triflow in a drop bottle?
2011 F150 4x4 5.0L
1996 Mustang GT 5spd/ragtop
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#3398867 - 06/16/14 11:53 AM Re: Oil for rubber gasket [Re: ron in sc]
ironman_gq Offline

Registered: 04/30/14
Posts: 310
Loc: MN
I usually just spit on it, plenty slick for rubber mount gauges and a quick wipe down and it's good to go.