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Re: [z_scale] Re: Lubrication

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  • Tom Fisher
    If this subject isn t thoroughly covered in the group s data files or the new Encyclopedia, it would be a fitting one to add. ...
    Message 1 of 7 , Apr 27, 2004
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      If this subject isn't thoroughly covered in the
      group's data files or the new Encyclopedia, it would
      be a fitting one to add.

      --- Glen Chenier <chenierfam@...> wrote:
      > --- In z_scale@yahoogroups.com, "scullynv"
      > <noveroskej@g...> wrote:
      > > I am new to Z scale and have just acquired a
      > starter set. As I was
      > > reading through the information, it was suggested
      > that certain
      > parts
      > > of the locomotive and freight car trucks should be
      > luubricated/oiled
      > > before running them. Is this necessary as it was
      > not a requirement
      > > for N scale products? Thanks in advance for any
      > comments.
      > > Jim
      > Welcome to Z scale, Jim. Nice to see you are
      > already considering
      > locomotive care. As Jeffrey says, initial lube of a
      > brand new loco
      > is not required, although i have heard stories of
      > some locos that
      > spent many years on a dealer shelf and do need to
      > have the old
      > congealed lube removed and replaced. This is
      > something that you
      > would expect the dealer to do (kind of like car prep
      > from a car
      > dealership) but this does not always happen. If the
      > loco runs nice
      > it does not need attention for a while.
      > After many hours of use, periodic cleaning and
      > relube of internal
      > mechanisms is essential to keeping these precision
      > machines running
      > nicely. Some folks say every 20 hours, others may
      > say every 200
      > hours. Depends on the running conditions. You will
      > know when the
      > time comes - the loco will run rough and ornery and
      > become noisier
      > and hotter than usual. If not attended to actual
      > damage to the
      > mechanism could result.
      > The locos are open to contamination by dirt from the
      > outside world.
      > A good way to prolong their life and stretch out
      > intervals between
      > cleanings is to minimize dirt ingress. Just vacuum
      > collected dust and
      > dirt off the tracks as part of your regular track
      > cleaning and wheel
      > cleaning schedule. Use those keybord cleaning
      > attachments with the
      > small nozzles to get into your tracks, try not to
      > suck up bushes or
      > little people. If dust bunnies, dirt, and cat hair
      > is not allowed to
      > collect on the tracks, it cannot get into the
      > locomotive.
      > And never run the loco even temporarily on a carpet.
      > The lint and
      > fibers will get into the loco immediately and clog
      > up the works.
      > Also never clean the rails with steel wool - the
      > broken residue will
      > be attracted by the loco motor magnets and really
      > cause problems.
      > Have fun!

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