Woody SuperDork
April 20, 2010 3:36 p.m.

Is there a good substitute for the impossible to find and incredibly expensive Prothane grease used on sway bar bushings?

I've thought about using brake grease or anti-seize, but I've always worried about them breaking down the bushing material.

mkiisupra New Reader
April 20, 2010 4:00 p.m.

In reply to Woody:

I have used disk brake wheel bearing grease on a couple of bars. I replaced a bar a few weeks ago, took off stock one that I had regreased a few years back. Looked good, no deterioration, best part, no squeaks. Put new bar/bushings (urethane, not rubber) with same grease, no issues

Eric G

oldeskewltoy New Reader
April 20, 2010 4:02 p.m.

go to hardware store... and ask for a small tub of plumbers grease

speedblind Reader
April 20, 2010 4:05 p.m.

I use a tub of Mobil1 synthetic grease that I've had forever. Cost about five bucks from Autozone-type places. Never had a problem with it.

Keith SuperDork
April 20, 2010 4:35 p.m.

I'm thinking Syl-glide (brake lube) would be pretty good at it. That's what I'm going to try next time I'm doing a set of bushings.

Junkyard_Dog HalfDork
April 20, 2010 4:48 p.m.

I've used dielectric grease with good results. I swear its the same stuff that came with the energy suspension urethane bushings I put in a Jeep.

April 20, 2010 5:33 p.m.

I have used anti-seize on poly bushings for years without problems.

I have read that boat trailer bearing grease (light blue stuff) works well, too.

Sparetire
Sparetire New Reader
April 20, 2010 5:37 p.m.

Plain CV joint grease has worked for me. It doesnt break down CV boots, so it should'nt have trouble with poly bushings.

44Dwarf HalfDork
April 20, 2010 5:39 p.m.

KY Jelly..

iceracer Dork
April 20, 2010 6:15 p.m.

I use Amsoil synthetic grease. Works pretty well.

slowcamaro New Reader
April 20, 2010 9:17 p.m.

superlube

Flogger00
Flogger00 New Reader
April 20, 2010 10:29 p.m.

In reply to slowcamaro:

marine grease

modernbeat HalfDork
April 21, 2010 8:41 a.m.

Bel-Ray brand moly assembly lube.

And I've tried every one of the previous suggestions with the exception of using glycerin instead of KY. Second best is silicone plumber's grease.

Woody SuperDork
April 21, 2010 12:07 p.m.

Can you buy silicone plumber's grease at Home Depot?

Ian F Dork
April 21, 2010 12:15 p.m.

Good question. I have some seriously squeaky bushings on the TDI right now...

I've been looking for a replacement for the effective, but sticky-as-hell, aqua-green stuff that comes with IPD's Volvo sway-bar kits.

The Powerflex LCA bushings I've installed in a number of MINI's comes with what I swear is copper anti-sieze...

carguy123 SuperDork
April 21, 2010 12:59 p.m.

Wow! It looks as if just about everything has and can be used on the bushings.

motomoron Reader
April 21, 2010 1:40 p.m.

I've used Amsoil grease forever. There's a tub in the shop and another in the garage - cars, bikes, machine parts, bicycles, RC planes, urethane bushings, whatever.

Hal HalfDork
April 21, 2010 9:03 p.m.
Woody wrote: Can you buy silicone plumber's grease at Home Depot?

Yep, also Lowes and any other hardware or plumbing store. Looks just like the picture oldeskewltoy posted.

slowcamaro New Reader
April 21, 2010 11:13 p.m.
Ian F wrote: Good question. I have some seriously squeaky bushings on the TDI right now... I've been looking for a replacement for the effective, but sticky-as-hell, aqua-green stuff that comes with IPD's Volvo sway-bar kits. The Powerflex LCA bushings I've installed in a number of MINI's comes with what I swear is copper anti-sieze...

perhaps "green grease". locally available to me from advance auto and tractor supply

foxtrapper SuperDork
April 23, 2010 5:50 a.m.

I squirt them down with silicone spray every oil change. If it's a first time, or things have been neglected for a while, I use a penetrating oil with teflon or such. Seems to work well enough on sway bar bushings.

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