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Old 08-01-2019, 08:58 AM   #1
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Lionel Tender Whistle WS-85 / WS-75

Working on tender whistle, and getting ready to put back together. It is either a WS-85 or WS-75. Have not run it yet to find out. Part diagram says the brush plate (WS-66) has [U][B]grease retainer WS-53. Instructions for lubrication say to use oil. Which is correct? I am contemplating inserting wick material in the grease retainer saturated with grease (high-temp automotive wheel bearing grease). I had to clean the commutator and brushes of all the black grease junk from all the surfaces and don't want the lubricant migrating to these areas again. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-01-2019, 05:55 PM   #2
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I'm not sure if it's proper protocol, but I use 5W-30 motor oil on wick material, and have had good results. The motor oil never gums up over time; whereas grease would likely harden and gum.

My two cents, anyway.

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