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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Lubricating sliding door track

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what kind of lubrbrication i could use for sliding door tracks and how much should there be?
Can i use general all purpose grease?

my sliding door track has almost no lube and when operating has annoying sound from roller & track.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 11:17 AM
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Re: Lubricating sliding door track

I lube our's a few times a year. I use only silicone spray. Anything petroleum based, like WD-40 and many types of grease, can rot out plastic components. This includes the plastic sheathing that protects the drive cables for the sliding doors.

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I'll also add that a couple of times a year I wipe out both the upper and lower tracks with a towel with de-greaser on it. 409 or Simple Green work great. I do this because I've noticed that the tracks, especially the lower ones, tend to collect a fair amount of dirt and crud.
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I'll also add that a couple of times a year I wipe out both the upper and lower tracks with a towel with de-greaser on it. 409 or Simple Green work great. I do this because I've noticed that the tracks, especially the lower ones, tend to collect a fair amount of dirt and crud.
So remove all grease and only use silicon spray couple times year? any recommendation on silicon spray?
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So remove all grease and only use silicon spray couple times year? any recommendation on silicon spray?
You'll probably not find much grease in there to begin with. But yes, I wipe out the upper and lower tracks, especially after winter, 2 or 3 times a year. Then I lube the areas where the rollers make contact with the tracks. I also lube the cable on my power slider as well.

6 years in to it, our sliders operate as smooth as butter...and the power slider is still going strong. And with 2 kids...man as that power slider gotten more than it's share of work outs!

You can find silicone lube anywhere...Wal-Mart, Advanced Auto Parts, AutoZone, etc., etc. $2-$4 a can...at the most.

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Re: Lubricating sliding door track

I used Lucas synthetic heavy duty grease. It comes in a big tube. I lubed everything with my finger including the tracks, doors, etc.
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I used Lucas synthetic heavy duty grease... I lubed everything with my finger including the tracks, doors, etc.
I hope this works out, but there is no chance that I would consider doing this, knowing that dust will turn that grease into high-drag sludge very soon... your conditions may vary.
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-16-2010, 12:04 AM
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Re: Lubricating sliding door track

I dont think it should. Its made for construction tractors/equiptment, farm equiptment, RV's, etc which should see alot more dirt than my van should ever see. That being said, if I am wrong, I will repost the results later. At worst, it wouldnt be any harder to take off then the factory grease I just removed with a rag and degreaser.
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-13-2010, 04:22 PM
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Took it to Florida, its been through a ton of car washes, rain, dusty roads, and the synthetic is still there, no dirt, and they are super slick sliders now. You have to make sure you dont slam the doors now.
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Re: Lubricating sliding door track

Any one use White Lithium Grease?

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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-14-2011, 04:52 PM
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Any one use White Lithium Grease?

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You are better off using silicone spray.

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Re: Lubricating sliding door track

I agree with the no-grease there. I prefer by far a light lubricant ( spray on ) for stuff like that

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Re: Lubricating sliding door track

I use a silicon spray and it seems to work well. I would also consider a lubricant made for the sliding tracks on RVs and campers - it claims not to gunk up as well.
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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-04-2012, 12:34 PM
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Re: Lubricating sliding door track

What is the official word from Toyota regarding the lubrication/grease for the sliding doors? I use silicone spray for all the rubber parts whenever I crawl under to do an oil change (CV boots, etc.) I use another type of grease for my S2000 convertible top (I think it's similar to white lithium grease) to grease all the rubber parts related to the doors seals/convertible seals. I also use white lithium grease for door hinges and metal contact points. So what's the verdict for my van's sliding doors?
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Re: Lubricating sliding door track

I recommend you got get a lubricant spray.

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