Did you ever experience a squeaky sound coming when open the door outside luxury hotel? I did. It sucked. Especially when hotel staff helped you with the door. It’s really embarrassing. How could someone drive such car like galant failed to maintain such a small thing like this.
Well, due to his age, our car couldn’t avoid thing like that. If we opened car door ten times a day, that equaled 3,650 times a year. Multiplied with my car’s age…..that’s a hell of a lot. That meant lubrication was so important. I decided to rid that horrible sound using white lithium grease.
Here are the steps for you…
First, I remove old grease from detent rod using engine degreaser. One important thing to remember: the engine degreaser will remove the wax from the painted surfaces of your car. If you get degreaser overspray on your door, plan on re-waxing these areas. When you have applied your engine degreaser, be sure to cover other part of door first. Clean remaining grease using piece of rag or brush.
Second, perform identical step with hinge, this time with silicon spray. I use WD-40.
Finally, lubricate detent rod and hinge using white lithium grease. After that swing the car door back and forth to allow the grease to penetrate. If necessary, apply more grease and repeat the swinging motion.
Source: Auto Bild, Edition: 176, Jan 23- Feb 5, 2010