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Old 08-08-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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So I switched over to cam-locks and find that they are pretty tough at times to close. Has anyone tried to lubricate them, maybe with keg lube or something similar?

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Old 08-08-2012, 05:49 PM   #2
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This may sound like a smart a%& answer but not meant to be. If you push in firmly as you push cams down it should close easy, If not use a bit of graphite lube on the cam lobe. Being careful not to spray any in the fitting. Graphite lube is very heat resistant and lasts for years.

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:11 PM   #3
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I use keg lube on mine, works pretty well.

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This may sound like a smart a%& answer but not meant to be. If you push in firmly as you push cams down it should close easy, If not use a bit of graphite lube on the cam lobe. Being careful not to spray any in the fitting. Graphite lube is very heat resistant and lasts for years.
Not SA at all. I was looking at my graphite powder as well when I thought of the keg lube. I assume they will loosen up a bit once they get used more, but a couple are really binding.

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I use keg lube on mine, works pretty well.
Good to know, I'll give it a shot, otherwise the graphite may be a good bet.

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Replace the washer with the silicone ones. They work great and make them easier to close.

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Silicone o-ring will make them a little easier. As the cams wear in they will loosen up.

Keg lube as suggested works fine too. Vaseline on the cams will work if you don't have keg lube.

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Silicone o-ring will make them a little easier. As the cams wear in they will loosen up.

Keg lube as suggested works fine too. Vaseline on the cams will work if you don't have keg lube.
Thanks Wayne,

Yeah I actually bought them from you in January (they sat in my project box for a few months) and they had the white silicon o-rings already installed.

I'll just use the keg lube for the short term, until the cams wear some.

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