Re: Why clean it?
I have thought - I know, I'll convert the Volvo to run on LPG
or - I'll convert my jaguar transmission from auto to manual
or - I'll just pop out and lay a new patio
Never once have I thought - I must go and clean my door hinges!
Whilst your attention to detail is most commendable and you have
demonstrated the very highest level of engineering standards, I really think
you ought to get out more!
"Steve Shuttleworth" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> "Randy G." <frcn@DESPAMMOcncnet.com> wrote in message
>> Are you as anal as I am? I suppose there are all sorts of extreme
>> levels of cleanliness when it comes to cars, but I hate to work on
>> dirty cars.. I'm not talking about show-car clean where the underside
>> of the dash is painted to match, rubbed out, and waxed, but the sort
>> of clean that cars in regular use should get. There are a lot of folks
>> who are happy if the steering wheel doesn't get their hands black, the
>> seat is clean enough to not transfer any filth to their clothing, and
>> the windshield is clear enough to see through during daylight hours. I
>> am somewhere between those two, but closer to the former than the
>> Since I am the one that works on my cars (and motorcycle) almost
>> exclusively, I try to keep them clean. When I get a used car it
>> usually takes some time to get it to the point I like. I hate cereal
>> and M&Ms in the spare tire well, I hate little bits of leaves in air
>> vents, and since I don't smoke, I hate leftover tobacco products in
>> the ash tray. But beyond that, I try to keep all the mechanicals clean
>> as well. Clean bolts and nuts are easier to handle, and the gritty
>> grease doesn't transfer to all my tools if the car is kept clean.
>> Tools don't slip as easily and that;s good because my knuckles don't
>> heal quite as well as they use to.
>> I am slowly getting my new-to-me 245 back into shape. Today I decided
>> to clean the door hinges and strikers/latches on the driver's side.
>> They were disgusting. Years of black accumulations from lubricant and
>> road grime. Sure, better black and greasy than dry and worn out, but
>> how lazy is the shop that merely squirts a little of whatever is on
>> hand in an aerosol can on a moving part and walks away after charging
>> .25 hrs. labor? Does it take that much time and effort to put a rag
>> behind the hinge, squirt, then give the hinge a quick wipe after being
>> lubricated? I suppose it does.
>> I spent the best part of nearly two hours cleaning the four hinges and
>> two latches. Using Simple Green, a toothbrush, and a stiff,
>> short-bristled scrub brush I sprayed, scrubbed, and sprayed. After it
>> rinsed clean with a squirt bottle filled with water, I blew it all out
>> with compressed air, the used a "Wash and Wax" product to clean up all
>> the painted areas on the jambs. A little light lubricant to the moving
>> parts, a wipe, and the doors are looking and working almost like new.
>> So why go through all that effort?
>> 1) The hinges will last longer
>> 2) Every time I shut the door and get that smooth motion and solid
>> latching I get a feeling of pride of ownership.
>> 3) People getting into my car won't get their clothing soiled by the
>> dirty, greasy latches and hinges.
>> 4) It will be a lot easier to work on in the future.
>> 5) Grease draws dirt, dirt draws moisture, and moisture causes rust.
>> ...and most importantly:
>> 6) It was a lot easier to spot that loose hinge bolt that wasn't even
>> finger tight!
>> __ __
>> Randy & \ \/ /alerie's
>> '90 245 Estate - '93 965 Estate
>> "Shelby" & "Kate"