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Old 12-11-2011, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lubricants?

First snowmobile and I'm a little confused about what types of lubes I should be using. I've actually read quite a few different threads but I'm not sure I'm seeing much of a consensus.

LOW TEMP GREASE
Yamaha service manual recommends Esso Beacon 325 or Aeroshell 7a. I've got a tube of Yamaha High Perf Suspension Grease which I will obviously use on the suspension, but is that a good substitute for applications like the worm gears on the the brake caliper and oil pump drive? I've also got white lithium, sil-glyde, and 00 grease on hand.

CABLES
Working on cycles, I'm accustomed to lubricating my control cables with that special cable lube stuff. My SRV manual says "Throttle cable must not be lubricated in any way." Seriously? Is this because of temperature or was it just written before there were suitable lubricants available?

And what about the brake and oil pump cables? Manual says to apply "anti-freeze grease" to the brake cable contact points up at the lever, but not to put any between the inner and outer "wires." Is this really another special kind of grease?

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Old 12-11-2011, 10:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ya any low temp grease works well on the skid.
as far as cables, i've found firsthand what happens when you lube it with cable specific lube. Mine even said low temp on it. Well, it didn't work so well once my throttle started sticking. not fun. Now I don't lube my throttle cables at all and they work just fine, never should have done it in the first place.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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some manufacturers use an interior coating that erodes if you use grease. Some spec oiling annually. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for best results.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks, guys. Can you assume that aftermarket cable manufacturers are building to orig spec?
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I was going to ask about low temp grease. Any recomendations? I'm scared to see what my dealer will try to sell me.

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Old 12-12-2011, 01:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Just go to a farm or truck supply store and get the low temp/mulit-pupose grease.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The Yamaha suspension grease I referred to earlier cost $6 or $7 at the dealer.
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:03 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I usually just lube the pivot points and not the cables them selves.
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