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Grease for Telescopic/Tilt Screws Lexus LS430? #4672754
02/21/18 07:34 AM
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My Tilt/Telescopic Motors are acting up on my '05 LS430. This is a problem area for this particular model. It appears a very inexpensive bushing (45768) will help with the tilt so I am gonna give it a try. I read in a bunch of write-ups where they are simply spraying white lithium grease on the gears for lubrication. I also read where the correct grease to use is "Lexus Lithium Disulfide Body Grease." Do any of you know what I should use to lubricate these gears?


'98 LEX LS400 280K
'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
'09 Lex IS350 85K
'07 Lex GX470 60K
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Re: Grease for Telescopic/Tilt Screws Lexus LS430? [Re: Gebo] #4672772
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If they have a specific grease, they probably have a good reason.

Otherwise I'd consider the Dow Molykote range.

Re: Grease for Telescopic/Tilt Screws Lexus LS430? [Re: Gebo] #4673235
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Are the gears metal or plastic?

I imagine any No2 grease will likely do fine... lithium, aluminum, calcium, polyurea, etc... I'd probably only avoid moly or silicone.

Re: Grease for Telescopic/Tilt Screws Lexus LS430? [Re: Gebo] #4673243
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The tilt/telescope gears use Toyota Body Grease W aka Molykote YM-103 grease which is $40-50 at the dealer for a 50g bottle. Appears to be a PAO-based grease thickened with PTFE. Molykote 33 is also used in plastic gears but that's a silicone-based lithium grease.

I'd feel better using the Molykote stuff. I used Tri-Flow PTFE bike grease when I did that repair on a older LS400 but that grease was too stiff for the job at hand.

https://www.chempoint.com/products/catalog/dow-corning/molykote-greases/molykote-pao-greases

Re: Grease for Telescopic/Tilt Screws Lexus LS430? [Re: Gebo] #4678785
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Well, I just got my grease. Toyota part #08887-02007 or Molykote YM-102

$44 for 50 g. Only the finest of wheat....

FYI if you care as I realize most of you don't grin



Thanks nthach for steering me in the right direction!


'98 LEX LS400 280K
'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
'09 Lex IS350 85K
'07 Lex GX470 60K
Amsoil in all engines, transmissions and differentials

Re: Grease for Telescopic/Tilt Screws Lexus LS430? [Re: nthach] #4678788
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Originally Posted By: nthach
The tilt/telescope gears use Toyota Body Grease W aka Molykote YM-103 grease which is $40-50 at the dealer for a 50g bottle. Appears to be a PAO-based grease thickened with PTFE. Molykote 33 is also used in plastic gears but that's a silicone-based lithium grease.

I'd feel better using the Molykote stuff. I used Tri-Flow PTFE bike grease when I did that repair on a older LS400 but that grease was too stiff for the job at hand.

https://www.chempoint.com/products/catalog/dow-corning/molykote-greases/molykote-pao-greases


Thank you for pointing me in the right direction!


'98 LEX LS400 280K
'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
'09 Lex IS350 85K
'07 Lex GX470 60K
Amsoil in all engines, transmissions and differentials


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