You may not be a mechanic yourself, but this info might come in handy to you, and give you a little insight as to what I do in my shop. Be sure to consult a professional, such as myself if you are unsure what type of lubricants to use for the job. Here are some suggestions.
WD-40 is a very common form of lubricant and it can be used in any number of situations on a daily basis, when making repairs. A very little known fact about WD-40 is that the “WD” stands for “water-displacing.” This is because, in fact WD-40 is not a true lubricant in the traditional sense. What it is really best used for is cleaning gunk and grime off of certain parts or just temporarily lubing up a bolt or some component that might not twist due to a build up of dirt and grime.
The real “big boy” lubricants out there are ones that are made up of substances such as silicone, graphite, grease or Teflon. One area to specifically avoid using WD-40 is on a drive chain or any chain that is meant to stay lubricated. While it would lube the chain temporarily, the treated areas would eventually dry out and could end up doing damage.
While it may not be the first thing on your mind when you consider doing a DIY car repair, it might be something to consider whether or not you have the proper lubricants for the job. Then again, you can always call us up to take a look at it for you. We specialize in automotive repair, and can prevent you from making a costly mistake when you’ve got the hood open.