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Lubing your Ratchets? #4643170
01/22/18 05:41 PM
01/22/18 05:41 PM
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maverickfhs Offline OP
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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?

Thank you thumbsup


2006 Civic EX 202K/AT
2006 Acura TSX 180K/AT
Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs] #4643191
01/22/18 06:03 PM
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I have never lubed any of my ratchets and I have had a couple of them for 20 years or more.


2015 RAM SXT Crew Cab 5.7 with 6 speed tranny.

2008 Mazda 3 GS Sport Hatchback 5sp MT (Girlfriend's car)

Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs] #4643197
01/22/18 06:15 PM
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Nope. Never lubed them either unless you count brake fluid and water.


'03 Regal GS L67: PPUP 5w30/FU3980

'99 Grand Prix L36: R.I.P.

'07 LaCrosse L26: QS HM 5w30/TG3387A

ASE L1 MT

Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs] #4643224
01/22/18 06:47 PM
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Audios Offline
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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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Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs] #4643233
01/22/18 07:06 PM
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I lube all mine. fine tooth ones get oil. Coarse ones get grease.


02 Wrangler durablend 10w40
87 F250 traveler 15w40
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Z400 castrol T 10w40
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Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs] #4643247
01/22/18 07:21 PM
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I've found that white lithium grease works well ... not too thin, not too thick.

Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs] #4643278
01/22/18 07:55 PM
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I only lube them if they get wet. Valvoline moly grease, a nice light coat.


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Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs] #4643299
01/22/18 08:07 PM
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Katy, Republic of Texas
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Does getting them coated in oil or atf when using them count?


1994 Honda VT1100: Peak 15w-40/PSL/2500 mile OCI
2002 Ford F150: GTX HM 5w-20/EcoGard Syn/1yr OCI
2012 Scion xB: QSUD 0w-20/CQ Blue/5k OCI

Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs] #4643317
01/22/18 08:18 PM
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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


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs] #4643368
01/22/18 09:04 PM
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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.

Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs] #4643382
01/22/18 09:14 PM
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San Antonio, TX
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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.

Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs] #4643385
01/22/18 09:18 PM
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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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Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs] #4643402
01/22/18 09:31 PM
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Google "the red lube of love", crackmeup Merk's favorite.

Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: doitmyself] #4643411
01/22/18 09:37 PM
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San Antonio, TX
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Who's Merk? Or maybe I should ask, what is a Merk?

Re: Lubing your Ratchets? [Re: maverickfhs] #4643424
01/22/18 09:42 PM
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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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