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Old 01-26-2007, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have a terrible squeal in my DP and I've neglected it horribly. So I dug out the manual, which says that once a week[:0][:0][:0], apparently not meaning once a set of 75 or so weeks, you should put"light machine oil" somewhere in the top. So what exactly is "light machine oil"? I asked at WallyWorld and they had no idea what I was talking about. I'm hoping that something I already have around my shop maybe will fit the bill? Out of fear of ridicule, I won't say what various liquid substances in containers around my shop were considered for using as light machine oil [:o)](no, CA was NOT one of them!).
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DSA: I think 3 in 1 oil should do just fine and is something you are likely to be familiar with. And it is handy for lots of things around the house. (massages??[:D])

Not as likely a problem; but the belts can also squeal. The solution for that is belt dressing from the auto parts store......absolutely do not get oil on the belts.
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Sewing machine oil is light oil, and so is oil for clippers, and so is 3 in 1 oil. Hope that helps a little.
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Ang, it would be nice if oil was oil, but this isn't really the case. The "light" in light machine oil means that the oil typically has a lower viscosity than other oils. Sewing machine oil, air tool oil and maybe even good old Marvel Mystery Oil would do the trick (as would 3-in-1 that Randy mentioned).
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Hmmmmm light machine oil......

I would think the oil can would be real easy to pick up do to oil being very light.[:D][:D][:D]

Sorry just couldn't resist...

Yep use Marvel Mystery Oil. it works for air tools to anything else that needs oil.
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<br />I have a terrible squeal in my DP and I've neglected it horribly. So I dug out the manual, which says that .....you should put"light machine oil" somewhere in the top. So what exactly is "light machine oil"?
OK Ang ..... your first problem has been solved. Now, the next question is ... how do you find the exact location of "somewhere in the top"? [;)]
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Viscocity is sometimes shown by a number. The lower the number the lighter the oil(lower thickness). A 10 weight oil is very light, a 90 weight oil is very thick. Todays engine oils have complex weightings like 5W-30, but that is still quite light.
I guess where I'm going with this is to tell you you should be able to use a few drops of motor oil for the job and save the cost of those expensive little cans. I have kept an oil can of motor oil around the shop for years and use it for jobs like this. I also cut it with some paint thinner to create honing oil for the oil stone.
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Thanks for the input everyone. Now I just have to look for these oils that I haven't heard of- 3-in-1, Marvel mystery oil... hhmmmm, where does one buy those? They probably had it right at Walmart where I was looking!

Randy, good multi-use for the oil[:D], it's always nice to not have to buy something else!

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Angboy said: "Now I just have to look for these oils that I haven't heard of- 3-in-1, Marvel mystery oil... hhmmmm, where does one buy those? "
Both of those products have been on the market for nearly a century. Yes, they probably were right at hand, you just didn't know they woudl work. I'm sure WD-40 would work also.
But, when I need something like that I usually use a gun oil. There are many fine brands on the market but I favor Break Free because of it's teflon base. The teflon remains even after the oil is worn off. Only drops are needed.
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Ang,
Marvels Mystery is super stuff!! Not only do I use it around the shop for all the reasons previously stated but a little in my airplane keeps the fuel tanks healthy and helps out with upper cylinder lube as 100LL is getting even less lead in it now days.

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