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Honda’s Secret Weapon Against Squeaks and Door Leaks

Posted October 02, 2019 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Everybody has their favorite “secret” car care tools and products. It’s the stuff that might not be well known or is a little harder to find than whatever’s on the shelf at AutoZone. For me, one of those items is Shin-Etsu Silicone Grease. Think of it as lotion for the weather stripping on your car’s doors. And it’s not exactly unknown because you can find some at your local Honda dealer’s parts desk.

The ravages of time, temperature fluctuations, and the damaging rays of the sun all conspire to slowly break down the plastic and rubber on our cars. Door seals that start out soft and pliable become brittle, dry, and eventually start crumbling away. Even before things get that bad, older weather stripping lets in unwanted noise and moisture. Shin-Etsu slows this process by conditioning the rubber. If you have an old car, you need to use a product like this once or twice a year. I personally came to know about Shin-Etsu through a Facebook group for my Honda Beat. Honda enthusiasts, if you didn’t know, are obsessive about using factory supplied parts for everything, often with good reason. Which means anything sold at the Honda parts desk is probably good stuff. Such is the case with Shin-Etsu grease.

Have you ever used silicone grease? (Trick question.)

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10/02/2019 10:46 PM

Funny to read this- I've used Shin Etsu silicones before, but they came in 45 gallon drums and 1,000L totes that we used to formulate tire shines and car polishes. Didn't know they sold anything direct!

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Re: Honda’s Secret Weapon Against Squeaks and Door Leaks

10/03/2019 7:29 AM

Doesn't look like it contains anything too exotic.

https://www.collegehillshonda.com/sds/08798-9013sds.pdf

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10/03/2019 9:41 AM

I think this fall into the person preference catagory. Armor all works good.

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Re: Honda’s Secret Weapon Against Squeaks and Door Leaks

10/03/2019 11:24 PM

Silicone grease has been around for a long time, and it has its place. For me it's pool gaskets and valve seats.

That said, if you live in places like west Texas, where the wind blows sand into every nook and cranny, I'd use it very sparingly.

I use Krytox® because we used it in the aerospace industry.

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