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Avoiding the grease, dirt and oil from getting onto the skin and under the nails?

Gloves. Do not use latex gloves, they break easily. Use nitrile gloves instead, they are mechanically much more resistant. Even better: Use nitrile gloves under ordinary work gloves. The ordinary ...
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Should I lube the engine block bore before inserting a metal tube?

There is no problem with lubricating the tube prior to insertion. It will not create any issues for you. Something to consider is, what are you actually sealing against? If you are trying to contain ...
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Are silicone and dielectric greases interchangeable?

Brakes become hot. Very hot. 300°C (600°F) and more is easily achieved at the disks after a hard braking from high speed. Most greases become quite thin at a higher temperature, and start to creep ...
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Which grease should I use on wiper mechanisms?

Use the lithium or silicone grease! Copper grease is primarily used to prevent the seizing of parts which become extremely hot, like the exhaust system. But it is not a lubricant in first place. The ...
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Trailer Hub Grease Identification Grey/Silver

Not sure, but this looks a lot like anti-seize. Realistically, any high pressure grease will work just fine. To prevent compatibility issues, just clean the bearings and races thoroughly and then use ...
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2007 Escalade - grease on front axle

It looks as though the boot has split and is spewing grease all over the place. If there isn't a lot of dirt let into the boot, you should be able to just replace the boot (yes, this is a chore, but a ...
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How important is bulb grease when changing low-beam or high-beam headlights?

It depends. What you are referring to is dielectric grease. It doesn't conduct electricity so it is safe to use on electrical connectors. Modern vehicle assembly lines don't grease bulbs because the ...
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How important is bulb grease when changing low-beam or high-beam headlights?

No, you don't "really need" it. However, the purpose of the grease is to keep out moisture that can degrade the connection and the bulb's performance. So if you see any signs of corrosion when you ...
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Avoiding the grease, dirt and oil from getting onto the skin and under the nails?

My grandad run a automotive and truck repair shop for 50years, he told me when I was a kid to use Vaseline on my hands before work starts (this was before all the modern cleaners of today). Thin layer ...
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Is Anti-Seize a lubricant, abrasive, or both?

Too many either overthink the problem at hand, or have a perverse tendency to distrust "the man," i.e. whoever is determining the current paradigm. Hence, any variety of satisfactory answers are ...
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Can finger prints on disc brake rotor cause problems

I've never considered fingerprints to be a massive problem in a "I drive a family wagon to the shops" context but if this is on your Porsche just before tomorrow's track day you might feel differently....
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Is there such a thing as a biodegradable (boat propeller shaft) grease?

A good research clue would be "OSPAR compliant stern tube lubricant" I found also that Klüber has a good range for marine products.
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Do good shocks have any oil below the top half?

A shock absorber is supposed to be dry on the outside, leaking fluid (I suppose you mean that by grease?) is a sign of damage. The more hydraulic fluid a shock absorber looses the worse is it's ...
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Should I apply grease to my trailer hook?

besides the fact that the grease will be messy and get all over everything, the only reason I have seen is that sometimes grease or anti-seize can interfere with a ground connection if there isn't a ...
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How do zerk fittings work?

A Zerk fitting is a hollow piece of metal with a one way valve in it. This one way valve (as long as it is working correctly) allows grease to flow in through the center and into where it's needed. ...
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Anti-seize on a slider pin?

What your mechanic told you seems to be spot on and good advice. There is nothing wrong with putting anti-seize on the guide pins of a brake caliper. The idea is to ensure the caliper slides easily/...
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How to stiffen up a loose ball & socket joint for a motorcycle mirror?

Very low tech solution - I had a bicycle mirror with a loose ball and socket joint. Pulled the ball out, put it in a plastic-wrap baggie, and pushed it back in. Trimmed off excess baggie... Mirror ...
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How to stiffen up a loose ball & socket joint for a motorcycle mirror?

Apply a thin layer of solder/alloy weld to either the ball or socket to increase/decrease the relative diameter of the joint contact area and in effect create (closer to) the correct tolerances for ...
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Hub bearing grease: regular or for cv joint?

If the bearing didn't come with grease, or a recommendation for grease, I'd be inclined to use high temperature wheel bearing grease.
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Avoiding the grease, dirt and oil from getting onto the skin and under the nails?

I use a product called Invisible Glove, which protects your skin from getting grease-stained in the first place. You put it on your hands before you start the messy job. It goes on like hand cream; ...
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Do you need to grease wheel hubs

It depends on the bearings, if they have rubber seals on each side (ie sealed for life...) then no, but if they are "open" then you need to have grease there.
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Grease gun for preventative maintenance

I depends on the specific car. But in some cases there are multiple grease fittings that should be greased periodically. In addition to your tie rod ends there are upper and lower ball joints, wheel ...
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Can finger prints on disc brake rotor cause problems

You should clean the rotors with brake cleaner. If it was just normal skin oils you wouldn't have a problem, but your hands were contaminated with all manner of lubricants which are designed to stay ...
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Zerk caps for trailer bearings — Installation, tools, and supplies

If you have the tools, you can just install the zerks into the old caps by drilling small holes (holes just a bit smaller than the zerk's threads) and force threading the zerk into the caps. The zerk ...
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How is rust prevention using oil or grease not a fire hazard?

Based on your edited question in response to the comment above, I conclude that given due consideration, you find that there is no special risk of fire from the use of oil or grease on the underside ...
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Difference between silicone grease and anti-seize?

Anti-seize compounds should not be used on moving parts. They generally contain fine metal particles like copper, or aluminium. Grease used for lubrication would not want any particles in it that ...
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Which lubricants I need to use for a gear motor?

This is a difficult question as many greases affect plastics. A silicone grease, most likely to be compatible with plastics, won't provide enough lubrication for the metal gears. In your case I'd try ...
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Can a greasable U-Joint showing stiffness be "saved" by greasing

In a word: NO By the time there is looseness or roughness the damage is already done. The only thing left is eventual failure of the joint. As long as you are prepared to deal with that happening at ...
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Can a greasable U-Joint showing stiffness be "saved" by greasing

My 4x4 had 4 of those uj's and I used to grease them weekly and always after they were immersed in water. They lasted a lot longer than if I practiced "fit & Forget"... However, I was ...
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