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How to Lube Door Hinges on Your Car

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

All it takes is a little grease to fix a squeaky car door.

A squeaky car door may seem like a minor issue, but it can quickly become a major annoyance. Fortunately, all that’s needed to address this is a little grease, but to get the job done, you need to know how to lube door hinges on your vehicle. Here are some key points to consider when you’re lubricating your car’s door hinges.

Benefits of Applying Lubrication to Your Car’s Door Hinges

There are several reasons why it’s a good idea to apply some lube if the hinges on your car door are squeaky:

  1. Applying lube will make the squeaking go away, allowing your car doors to open and close silently, with no annoying creaks or groans.
  2. If your car door squeaks, it means the hinges are dry and unlubricated. If a dry hinge isn’t addressed, it can wind up wearing or bending over time. This could ultimately cause the door to feel loose, stick or twist off-center. Adding some lube keeps the hinge functioning and should prevent this kind of damage from occurring.
  3. Finally, regular lubrication can help prevent rust from forming on the hinges of your car door and spreading to other nearby metal components.

Types of Lubricant

Here are some lubricants that are commonly used on car door hinges:

  • Lithium grease
    This heavy lubricant is an excellent choice for car door hinges. It repels moisture and can help prevent metal from degrading. It’s affordable, and it functions well in extreme weather, holding its own in sub-zero winter temperatures and blistering heat. Keep in mind, though, that it can be messy to apply, and you’ll definitely want to keep it away from your clothes and upholstery.
  • Silicone spray
    Silicone spray is lighter than lithium grease. It’s a great lubricant for car door hinges, and it can help stave off rust. It lubricates metal as well as materials such as plastic and nylon. WD-40 Specialist is a popular silicone spray.
  • Teflon/PTFE
    PTFE is a synthetic compound that’s also known by the trade name Teflon. It repels water, and, like lithium grease, it’s capable of handling freezing cold and extreme heat.
  • Dry lubricant
    This is a great choice if you’re looking for a lubricant that’s less likely to create a mess, as it dries quickly and doesn’t stain. However, it doesn’t provide as much lubrication as wet alternatives, which means more frequent applications may be necessary to keep your car door hinges in good shape.

How to Apply Lubricant to Your Car’s Door Hinges

After you’ve decided on a lubricant, you’ll be ready to apply the lube to your car’s door hinges. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Open the car door.
  2. Spray the lubricant on the door hinges, or apply it with a paper towel or shop rag.
  3. Open and close the door a few times to work the lubricant into the moving parts of the hinge.
  4. If necessary, use a clean towel or rag to wipe away excess lubricant.
  5. Repeat this process on all of your car doors.

Regular application of lube can help keep your car’s door hinges in good health, and now you know how to handle the job.

Check out all the automotive lubricants available on NAPA Online, or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on how to lube door hinges on your car, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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Different Types of Gas Cans

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Sometimes it can be helpful to have fuel on hand. For example, it can be useful on long road trips, when gas stations may be few and far between, or if you need to bring fuel home to gas up a tractor or some other machine. If you want to transport or store fuel, you’ll need to purchase a gas canister.

There are several types of canisters to consider. In this article, we’ll discuss the different types of gas cans, their safety features and how to use a gas can safely.

Types of Gas CansGas cans allow you to safely store and transport gas.

Gas cans come in two main types:

Type 1

A Type 1 gas canister has just one opening. This opening is used for both filling the can with gas and dispensing the gas. A Type 1 gas can typically uses a funnel to dispense the fuel.

Type 2

A Type 2 gas can has two separate openings. One is used for filling the canister with fuel, and the other is used for dispensing gas. Compared to Type 1 canisters, Type 2 gas cans are easier to use. They typically come with an attached hose that has a flexible structure to support accurate filling.

Gas cans also vary by color. A can’s color offers insight into the type of fuel it’s designed to carry. Gas canisters come in the following three colors:

Gas Can Safety Features

Gas is highly flammable, and handling it can be dangerous. Some gas cans offer safety features that can help mitigate the risk. Here are some safety features worth noting:

Flame arrestor

It can be all too easy for gas vapors to start a fire. A flame arrestor is a screen that prevents an external fire from causing the gas canister to explode. If gas vapors ignite outside the canister, the flame arrestor prevents the fire from making contact with the vapors within the gas can.

Pressure relief

Pressure relief prevents a gas can from exploding. If a gas can has this feature, it will automatically vent at three to five pounds of pressure per square inch. After that, it will automatically reseal.

Self-closing lid

Gas cans are prone to spills, which can create hazardous conditions. A self-closing lid makes spills less likely.

How to Safely Use Gas Cans

Keep these safety tips in mind when you’re using gas canisters:

  • Never use the gas can to refuel near a spark or open flame
  • Never breathe in gasoline fumes, as they can be harmful to your health
  • Never fill your gas can past 95% of its capacity as the extra room is necessary because the gas will expand as the temperature rises
  • Always place the gas can on the ground before you fill it
  • Dissipate static electricity by making sure the filler nozzle makes contact with the rim of the filler
  • Always turn off your engine before fueling
  • Use a cloth or hose to ensure that the can’s exterior is free of gas before you place it inside a vehicle

Be sure to keep a gas can in your inventory of vehicle-related equipment so you’ll always be prepared in the event of an unexpected fuel shortage.

Check out all the fuel canisters available on NAPA Online, or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on the different types of gas cans, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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