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The great WD-40

By SYF77 on 17 Nov 2011

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My VW Jetta Sport is almost 2 years old. In one of my earlier post, I mentioned some of the quirkiness of the car. Well, to console myself, I tell myself that no car is perfect, just like every person is bound to have some discomfort or pain here and there. One of the quirkiness that I discovered recently is that the left side mirror emits a squeaky noise whenever it folds and unfolds. It is kind of irritating and certainly very “un-Germanic”.

As a person staying in the East, going to Volkswagen Centre Singapore is such a hassle. I decided to see what I can do about the problem. After examining the side mirror, I found a gap on it (refer to picture below), which could be the access to the folding mechanism. My intuition tells me that the noise could be generated from the folding mechanism and decided to spray some WD-40 through the gap. Bingo!, the squeaky sound is eliminated. A re-application is almost certain in the future after the lubricant dries off. But it is not a difficult process anyway.

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Here are some interesting facts about the WD-40. It was developed in 1953 by Norm Larsen, founder of the Rocket Chemical Company, San Diego, California. It was originally designed to repel water and prevent corrosion and later was found to have numerous household uses. WD-40 stands for "Water Displacement – 40th Attempt". Larsen was attempting to concoct a formula to prevent corrosion in nuclear missiles, by displacing the standing water that causes it. He claims he arrived at a successful formula on his 40th attempt.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Dwee Nov 17 2011 11:07 AM
I remember using it during my NS days for those heavy weapons like the GPMG. All the stubborn carbon and rust were easily removed with just one wipe.. LOL . .
GrandCruiser Nov 18 2011 06:48 PM
Apart from cleaning M16 rifles, I used it often during my technician days as an NSF. This wonderful bottle won't disappoint me to crack open those stubborn rusted bolts and nuts that held those old L/Rs and 3-tons in one piece.
TMCTR Nov 19 2011 10:49 AM
Ohh! My colt plus also has the same issue, when it closes it makes an irritating noise.. Later I go check it out, find the joint and spray some WD40 too!
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