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Old 01-25-2013, 02:05 PM   #31
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Most guys run with the brushes/commutator super clean, but dry. On occassion, I've added a tiny drop of 5W-30 motor oil for noisy runners.

Many of us use the 5W-20 or -30 motor oil for all lube work. (No grease!) You should pretty much lube any moving parts, with the exception of the e-unit plunger and perhaps the brusher, per comment above. (Though I do sometimes cheat there, as noted.)

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Old 01-25-2013, 04:25 PM   #32
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I have been oiling all the commutators on my locos for about 5 years. Really reduces the brush friction which is most of the friction of the loco. The only warning about doing this is to clean the commutator slots as the oil will release the dirt in the slots and it will foul the brushes. No big deal, just clean up the mess and you are good to go.

TJ, I agree with you about motor oil in preference to grease. I have had no trouble with it for 50 years. And, as you say, don't oil the E unit plunger.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:45 PM   #33
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Never thought about a drip of oil on the communicator, good tip tj. I have a noisy runner myself. I will try it.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:55 PM   #34
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Toss an atta-boy to Bruce (Servoguy), too ... I learned the motor oil and commutator tricks from him.

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