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Unread 04-13-2014, 02:21 PM   #1
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Lubrication of external parts...

I was wondering if I should lube the "shocks" (not sure proper nomenclature) that are attached to the rear hatch window/rear hatch. I'd like to get them opening and closing smoothly but I don't know if I were to apply some type of lube that if it would cause problems.

If I should lube them, what lube should I use?

Also curious about the sunroof. I'd like to keep that lubed up if necessary. I saw that on the driver side of the sunroof it looks like there was a paste-like lube that has been smeared about. On the passenger side it looks like the lube hasn't been touched and there is a bead of it running from the front to back within the passenger side sunroof rail.

The doors are a bit creaky too. What kind of lube should I use on the door hinges?

I just bought this Commander less than a couple months ago and I love it. What a beast!

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Unread 04-13-2014, 03:39 PM   #2
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The gas struts are (should be) self-lubricating. If they're not operating smoothly, odds are they're shot rather than in need of lube. Dealer parts will be cheaper but carry a 12-month warranty; aftermarket parts will be more expensive but usually carry a lifetime warranty. Take your pick.

Door hinges should be lubed with white lithium grease or fresh engine oil. See this TSB for more instructions. The pictures may not match up exactly with the orientation of your hinges (that TSB covers multiple vehicles), so pay attention to what part of the hinge is where. If you can find the stuff in a tube, it'll be less messy than the spray can.

The sunroof should be okay as long as there's still grease in the track.
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Unread 04-13-2014, 08:24 PM   #3
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Thanks colinz!
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