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Is it worth greasing the climate control cables

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by Motopilot, Dec 18, 2020.

  1. Dec 18, 2020 at 9:08 AM
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    Motopilot

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    Anyone every greased or lubed with a lithium or dry or graphite lube the climate control cables. I don’t want to waste time if it has little to no bearing on the actuation.
     
  2. Dec 18, 2020 at 9:17 AM
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    41bigdawg

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    It is a good idea to lube them up once in a while. The one that changes the mode especially, it will get stiff and pull the clip off behind the dash that holds the cable and then you are stuck in whatever mode it is in. Doesn't take long to do and will keep them working smooth.
     
  3. Dec 18, 2020 at 1:18 PM
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    I was thinking of doing this as well. Mine binds pretty bad when I move to defrost. What is the recommended lubricant? I was just gonna smear some SuperLube on everything my fingers could reach.
     
  4. Dec 18, 2020 at 1:21 PM
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    Lube that Thermostat in the engine bay on the firewall as well as all the inside the truck stuff. Lube it all. Work that dial and lube it again for long lasting Mojo. Smooovv.
     
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  5. Dec 18, 2020 at 8:52 PM
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  6. Dec 19, 2020 at 7:35 AM
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    On my old '03 tundra, During the winter, I had a habit of setting the dials where I would want them in the morning so I didn't have to them when cold.
     
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    I just don’t turn my climate knobs, I’ve made it a point this winter to not use the heat in the truck, the desert mornings allow it!
     
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  8. Dec 19, 2020 at 5:12 PM
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    YOU happen to be in a climate that doesn't need it . Move to Northern North Dakota and then lets hear what you have to say! I think we'll find just who the WHUSSES really are. I'm 80 cotton picking years old and I'm happy to say I am a WHUSS. I worked in Defense Electronics in CA but I grew up in Northern Minnesota so I do know what the hell COLD REALLY is.
    Just having some fun.
     
  9. Dec 19, 2020 at 5:23 PM
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    That's right! Turn up all the dials to full heat and blast it from September thru May and just leave it. Who needs A/C? amiright?
     
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    Who else was watching and waiting for PHM?
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  11. Dec 19, 2020 at 5:46 PM
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    It was either going to be:
    A) I’ve been doing that on my Tundra for 72 years, you’re just now doing it?

    B) I’m doing this first thing in the morning. Will report with pictures and write up.
     
  12. Dec 19, 2020 at 5:51 PM
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    @Motopilot are you having issues specifically adjusting your directional vent control knob?

    This, unfortunately, seems to be a common issue that plagues our 1st gen Tundras. I had to replace this knob as it was cracked where it connects. I recently took my entire dash apart for reasons and while I was in there disassembled and cleaned the actuators etc. as they were covered in dirt and debris which prevented a full degree of adjustment. After cleaning and reassembly, the issue was resolved. I didn't bother regreasing the sliding actuators to prevent the issue from recurring. To get the topmost piece out you must rotate the knob to the defrost position so the retaining tab clears and can easily be separated which can be seen in the 3rd 3rd photo. Hope the photos help!

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    Check my build page for Lube Angle Techniques on that assembly. I have red arrows pointing to all the proper spots.
     
  14. Dec 19, 2020 at 6:24 PM
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    FirstGenVol Allergic to Darkness....

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl: my man!

    I was thinking it as soon as I saw the thread title. Too funny.
     
  15. Dec 19, 2020 at 6:31 PM
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    Yeah. I crawled under the truck today to look at that double shock mount holes location on the drivers side. Worked my way up the front of the truck and looks like my Box Weld Seams have reached peak oil from drenching. I felt like Slash Dance. Good thing I had on my Ghettique Apparel.
     
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  16. Dec 19, 2020 at 6:46 PM
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    I dug this out of the archives. Courtesy of PHM.

    What lube did you use on this?

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  17. Dec 19, 2020 at 6:50 PM
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    Vaseline on this occasion. I didn’t have Silglyde at the time but would use it if I did. Better than new.
     
  18. Dec 19, 2020 at 7:42 PM
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    Is this drivers side, above the skinny pedal?
     
  19. Dec 20, 2020 at 7:17 AM
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    Professional Hand Model

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    Yes. Gotta pull some duct work off after removing the panel under steering wheel. Couple of bolts and slip the ducting off. Easy stuff. Might as well wipe out the ducting with a microfiber while its off.
     
  20. Dec 20, 2020 at 7:59 AM
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    Good deal, I'll add this to my PM list.
     
  21. Dec 21, 2020 at 12:34 PM
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    I lubed all these today with Sil-Glyde. There are also little pivot arms on the opposite side that move as you adjust the temperature. I hit those too. It seemed to help the knobs move a bit easier.
     
  22. Jan 12, 2021 at 2:39 PM
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    I just saw all these post...my apologies but thanks for the info...when I get back home after this work rotation I’ll get on it.
     
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