Timing cam grease

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  1. manther

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    My manual says to apply cam grease to the timing cam after putting in new points. Anyone know what this grease is? Gonna go try to pick it up at autozone or somewhere.
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  2. caponerd

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    It's very thick grease that comes in a tube. I bought a small tube of Bosch timing cam grease many years ago, and it's still more than half full.
    You should be able to get it from any good auto parts store.
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  3. manther

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    Thanks bro.
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  4. MZRider

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    I've never found it at any local auto parts store, always had to mail order it. Pelican Parts has it: http://tinyurl.com/cdqacj
    If you have a good aircooled VW parts place nearby you might have better luck.

    Charlie.
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  5. manther

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    I ended up buying general purpose thick grease by Coastal. Hope it's good enough... Thanks for the link though.
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  6. dduelin

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    I'm sure you know but you will only need a tiny dab on the leading edge of the cam follower on the points...about the same size as the capital C in Coastal. Any more gets flung off immediately. I would think any auto parts store sells it in small amounts. It used to come with a new points set in a gel capsule. It was different from a long-fiber general purpose grease - perhaps a high temp silicone grease would be longer lasting.
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  7. The Raven

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    time to revive an old zombie thread.....I figured as I have my points can in pieces I would ask what sort of grease to use.

    I'm currently leaning towards some old school 20+yr old in the metal tube clear blue brake caliper grease...thick, resistant to high temps, and lubricating. Anything wrong with this idea?
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    As mentioned all you need is the barest trace. I must confess that before I knew any better I just used whatever grease was closest on the bench, and never had an issue that I was aware of.

    If I had to guess, the cam grease always looked suspiciously like plain silicone grease but I think there are more important items to worry about.
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  9. The Raven

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    I'm more wondering about inside the can on the pivot points for the weights and such.
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  10. fishkens

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    I've got a 25 year old tube of AC Delco Distributor Cam lubricant #U1901 that worked well for points cams.

    Go here and use the drop down to select Distributor Cam Lube:
    http://www.acdelco.com/html/pi_vehcare_lub.htm

    I'd hope this would be available at an auto parts store. Heck, not long ago every car on the planet needed this.

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    The Bosch grease I mentioned looks like earwax. Very thick stuff, nearly the consistency of paraffin wax.
    You can probably get away with any heavy grease, but I figure if it's made by Bosch for use on points cams, it's got to be better suited to the job than any other grease.
    Can't say where it can be bought nowdays. I got it from a shop that caters to VW and BMW car enthusiasts, probably about 1990 or so. It takes so little of it to do the job that the tiny tube I have should last me for at least another 20 years.
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  14. Gray_Rider

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    If my memory serves me correctly, when motorcycles had points, you would get a little sachet of grease in the packet with your new points!
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  15. Rob Farmer

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    Very strange stuff to apply. Motobins Part No.95820

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  16. Rob Farmer

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    You do need a good memory for that.
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  17. supershaft

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    If you thought oil gummed up your weights what do you think grease is going to do?
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  18. The Raven

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    Then what DO I use??

    Speaking of...I had knid of a laugh at NAPA today. Guys there typically are older and know a bit more than the Advance/VIP/Autozone kids. I asked him for points and advance grease and he gave me a blank look and said he had not had anyone ask for that in over 20 years. :lol3....and no they didn't sell it. :bluduh
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  19. supershaft

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    Nothing. Spray a bit of Tri-flow on them about every ten years.
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  20. Rob Farmer

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    Motobins have another grease listed for advance units
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