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Old 27-04-2021, 01:58 AM   #1
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Hinge cleaning

My black Passat has white grease all over the hinges, it looks a mess.

What is the best way to clean them and remove all the white and what can I use to re-grease them with that isn't white?

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Old 27-04-2021, 05:32 AM   #2
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Strong degreaser brake cleaner or tar remover, when 100% clean, I use a thin oil for the hinges and wipe the excess away, and the door catch I use a little bit silicone grease.
Never had a creaking door.
Last time the works car had a service, I got the garage to clean it all, after they tried to argue that it was there to protect the hinge
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Old 27-04-2021, 09:54 AM   #3
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Strong degreaser brake cleaner or tar remover, when 100% clean, I use a thin oil for the hinges and wipe the excess away, and the door catch I use a little bit silicone grease.
Never had a creaking door.
Last time the works car had a service, I got the garage to clean it all, after they tried to argue that it was there to protect the hinge
"Last time the works car had a service, I got the garage to clean it all, after they tried to argue that it was there to protect the hinge "

When a franchised dealer is asked to service a car, the work done is determined by the manufacturer as part of the contract so that any guarantee claims can be honoured. I agree that the white grease looks awful and I clean it off as well but don't blame the garage for doing what they're told to do. My own personal gripe is being charged more to top up the screen-wash bottle than I can pay for a gallon of Prestone fluid which will then last me for a few years.

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When a franchised dealer is asked to service a car, the work done is determined by the manufacturer as part of the contract so that any guarantee claims can be honoured.
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It says lubricate hinges, not spray the whole area in white grease, the hinge doesn’t get any lubrication or protection from all that grease on the paint.
It only attracts dirt, a little pride in the job, a wipe and happy customers that is what the manufacturer want.

Many mechanics are not interested, throw your engine cover on the floor so it come back scratched, grease everywhere, and are able to top up already full washer-fluid reservoirs.

I must be getting old and grumpy as when I did my apprenticeship in the seventies, you got your fingers rattled if you didn’t do it properly, and wiped everything clean.
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Andy has cleaned his on this thread - came up very well

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Thanks everyone. Much appreciated. I have Tardis but no degreaser other than Elbow Grease for the kitchen. Can anyone recommend a decent degreaser? Thanks again
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Thanks everyone. Much appreciated. I have Tardis but no degreaser other than Elbow Grease for the kitchen. Can anyone recommend a decent degreaser? Thanks again

Screwfix no nonsense degreaser £7.99 for 5L

I picked some up the other week for cleaning bike chain gears - minimal effort, rinsed off easily and they look brand new and shiny again

https://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsen...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Thank you Andy, I've ordered that. Appreciated
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I don't suppose you can advise on the dilution ratio for hinges ets. I've bought some but there are no instructions as per the ratios. Thank you



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Screwfix no nonsense degreaser £7.99 for 5L

I picked some up the other week for cleaning bike chain gears - minimal effort, rinsed off easily and they look brand new and shiny again

https://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsen...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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