There's a lot of different greases out there. This quick guide explains what each one should be used for - Lithium Grease, White Grease, Aluminium Grease, Copper Grease, Red Rubber Grease & Brake Grease.
Lithium grease is the most commonly used grease in the world. Its popularity is due to its excellent high temperature and water resistant properties making it a great all-rounder. In the auto workshop it is used to lubricate wheel bearings and for chassis applications. It is so commonly used - it is estimated it accounts for 75% of all lubricating jobs across all industries globally.
AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS OF LITHIUM GREASE:
- Gear Lubrication
- Car Door Hinges & Locks
- Latches & Seat Tracks
- Bearings & Bearing Units
- Distributor Cams
Read more about Lithium Grease in our - Lithium Grease Guide
White grease is a great multi-purpose lubricant. It is used to lubricate and protect chains, hinges, brake linkages, bolts and other metal-on-metal components. It demonstrates excellent heat, water and salt resistance making it a popular choice in both the automotive and marine industries. It is used for lubrication and corrosion protection of light to medium loads.
ADVANTAGES OF WHITE GREASE:
- SURFACE ADHESION - clings to surfaces after application yielding long term lubrication & protection
- WATER SEALING - water/ salt corrosion protection
- REGULAR APPLICATION NOT REQUIRED - remains in place for a long time, does not have to be regularly reapplied
Read more about White Grease in our - White Grease Guide
Aluminium grease is a multi-purpose grease that is able to withstand very high temperatures. It is commonly used in the automotive world to grease wheel bearing mechanisms. Its high temperature resistance means it can be relied upon to lubricate under conditions of great heat without dripping off. Other greases would demonstrate leakage in this scenario. It is also used to grease trailer hitches and wheel bearings.
KEY PROPERTIES OF ALUMINIUM GREASE:
- High Temperature/ Heat Resistance
- Great Oxidation Stability
- High Water Washout Resistance
- Great Compatibility with Other Greases
- Excellent Handling & Pumpability
- Resistant to Repeated Heating & Cooling
Read more about Aluminium Grease - Aluminium Grease Guide
Copper grease is an anti seize compound specially designed to operate at extremes of temperature. It's important to note that it is not a lubricating grease. It is used in the auto industry to prevent seizing and protect against corrosion in situations of very high temperatures. It is used on flanges, exhaust brackets, studs and nuts & bolts to prevent metal on metal seizure. It is effective up to temperatures in excess of 1,000°C.
COPPER GREASE APPLICATIONS:
- Exhaust Assembly (extreme high temperatures)
- Brake System Components (extreme high temperatures)
- Thread of Spark Plugs (high temperatures)
- Battery Pole Connections
- Screwed Connections
Read more about Copper Grease in our - Copper Grease Guide
RED RUBBER GREASE:
Red rubber grease is a lubricant specifically designed for use in hydraulic and braking systems. Its physical properties make it compatible for use with rubber components such as - rubber bushes, seals and o-rings. It protects and lubricates rubber without corroding or damaging it like other greases would. It preserves rubber parts and helps prevent them from deterioration and cracking.
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KEY PROPERTIES OF RED RUBBER GREASE:
- Excellent Compatibility with Rubber
- Protects Against Corrosion and Cracking
- Water Ingress Prevention
- Resistant to Solvents (hydrocarbons - petrol & diesel)
- Naturally Biodegradable
Read more about Red Rubber Grease in our - Red Rubber Grease Guide
It might sound counter intuitive but brake grease is essential for the safe and proper operation of the brakes system. Aside from the the friction surface that contact the wheel and create the braking action - there are a lot of other moving parts in the braking system. These other moving parts need to be lubricated to make sure they work as they were designed to. Brake grease is designed specifically to meet the lubrication requirements of braking system components.
There are two types of braking system that require lubrication:
- Drum Brakes
Each will be lubricated in a different way.
Read more about Brake Grease in our - Brake Grease Guide
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