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post #1 of 7 Old 06-22-2019, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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What grease to use inside upper steering column?

Does anyone know the correct grease to use on all the actuators and switches just behind the steering wheel? I was going to use bearing grease but read that it would soften all the plastic parts. I'm installing a used steering column into my '92 S10 and have to swap out the ignition switch and wiper switch. Seems like a good time to grease everything while I have it open.

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Dielectric grease would work.

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Re: What grease to use inside upper steering column?

I think factory used white lube.
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^^Lithium would work also.

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Re: What grease to use inside upper steering column?

Thanks for the replies. What's in my original column is pretty thick and a dark reddish color. It really does look like wheel bearing grease, but what I read said the moly in wheel bearing grease will eat the plastic.

Since my OP I've torn into the used replacement enough to swap the ignition key barrel and found the inside is full of dirt and fairly rusty. The original key works but is very stiff. I knew the column was a bit rusty, but didn't realize how much junk was built up inside. I'm going to take it completely apart and clean/grease everything. I may need to swap the turn signal switch as well as the wiper switch because I think part of it broke off when I took it out.
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Re: What grease to use inside upper steering column?

This is why I'm swapping out the steering column for one that sounds like a lot of trouble. When the pickup was stolen, many of the internal parts were destroyed. A guy I know was able to find a used tilt column for manual transmission. Automatic trans columns are everywhere, but the manual shift columns are hard to find, so I'm going to make it work.

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Re: What grease to use inside upper steering column?

I use a grease called Superlube. HD has 3oz tubes for $5. Safe for all plastics and most rubber products, unless they contain natural rubber from a tree. So don't put it on body mounts or tires. A tube lasts me 5 years or so.
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Super LubeŽ Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease is dielectric, food grade, clean and environmentally friendly. It offers good mechanical stability, does not evaporate or form gummy deposits. It will not melt or separate. Kosher certified.
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