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#4643170 - 01/22/18 04:41 PM Lubing your Ratchets?
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 1960
Loc: VA
So while in a quest to find use for one of the Super Lube grease which I have, ended up here :


Two of my ratchets 3/8 and 1/4 are sticking slightly and they are stanley made. I soaked them in ATF cup for almost 24 hrs and they are better, maybe need some greasing?

How often do you guys lube/grease ratchets and is ATF enough? Is greasing/lubing needed or an overkill?

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#4643191 - 01/22/18 05:03 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs]
xxch4osxx Offline


Registered: 03/11/09
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Loc: Cedarbrae, Ontario
I have never lubed any of my ratchets and I have had a couple of them for 20 years or more.
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#4643197 - 01/22/18 05:15 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Registered: 12/24/09
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Loc: Ohio
Nope. Never lubed them either unless you count brake fluid and water.
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#4643224 - 01/22/18 05:47 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs]
Audios Offline


Registered: 11/19/11
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Loc: Lyndhurst NJ
The old timer I used to work with at an antique repair shop used to soak his ratchets overnight in clean motor out every once in a while, upside down so he only needed a few ounces. All of my snap ons say do not lubricate.
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#4643233 - 01/22/18 06:06 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
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I lube all mine. fine tooth ones get oil. Coarse ones get grease.
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#4643247 - 01/22/18 06:21 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs]
ZeeOSix Offline


Registered: 07/22/10
Posts: 17762
Loc: PNW
I've found that white lithium grease works well ... not too thin, not too thick.

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#4643278 - 01/22/18 06:55 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs]
rooflessVW Offline


Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4018
Loc: North Carolina
I only lube them if they get wet. Valvoline moly grease, a nice light coat.
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#4643299 - 01/22/18 07:07 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Registered: 08/27/04
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Does getting them coated in oil or atf when using them count?
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#4643317 - 01/22/18 07:18 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs]
BrocLuno Offline


Registered: 09/06/15
Posts: 5506
Loc: Kalifornia Kollective
I lube mine. Have only one snap-On ratchet. It gets lubed just like the others. Fine tooth and about 30 odd years of use smile
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#4643368 - 01/22/18 08:04 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs]
cb_13 Offline


Registered: 07/24/11
Posts: 907
Loc: Missouri
I use to pack the heads of mine with Motorcraft dielectric grease/brake caliper grease if they were serviceable. I used mostly non serviceable ratchets after my first few years as a tech.

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#4643382 - 01/22/18 08:14 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs]
das_peikko Offline


Registered: 01/01/18
Posts: 492
Loc: San Antonio, TX
I use the Superlube on Snap-on ratchets mainly because it's the only lube I've used that doesn't swell the seals up. I've had to buy rebuild kits just for the seals after subjecting them to alternative lubes that cause them to swell. With non-sealed ratchets, I prefer the Permatex engine assembly lube.

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#4643385 - 01/22/18 08:18 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 8641
Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: Trav

I have been putting the ratchet heads in a small cut down jug of ATF every weekend for decades, it keeps them clean and lubricates them well. Just let them sit on a couple of paper towels when you remove them and wipe them off, that's it.
The only one I don't put in there is the Snap-On dual 80 with a sealed head. Some manual transmissions use ATF in place of MTF and it manages to keep the gears and internals properly lubed.


I am going to try this. I have craftsman and blackhawk ratchts.
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#4643402 - 01/22/18 08:31 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs]
doitmyself Offline


Registered: 06/03/02
Posts: 6213
Loc: MI
Google "the red lube of love", crackmeup Merk's favorite.

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#4643411 - 01/22/18 08:37 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: doitmyself]
das_peikko Offline


Registered: 01/01/18
Posts: 492
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Who's Merk? Or maybe I should ask, what is a Merk?

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#4643424 - 01/22/18 08:42 PM Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs]
malibuguy79 Offline


Registered: 12/11/17
Posts: 86
Loc: Maryland
I usually put a drop or 2 of airtool oil in my ratchets and ratcheting wrecnhes maybe 2wice a year. Always a little smoother after
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