Can you recommend a grease that can be used on a 5-way trailer plug? My connector is a bit tight and hard to engage sometimes. I have some dielectric grease but I’m not sure if I should use it, or if there’s a product made specifically for this purpose.
Thanks. Doug M.
I know a couple of ways that don’t work, and a few that work great. So here’s what to avoid. DO NOT use the original WD-40 spray on your trailer plug. My dad did this for years, and all of his trailer plugs would swell up and fall apart. The original petroleum-based WD-40 spray will often attack rubber parts and cause them to deteriorate.
In this case silicone lubricant is your friend, and you can use it several ways. If your dielectric grease says it’s silicone based on the label, then it should be safe to use.
You can use a contact cleaner that contains silicone-based lubricant such as MG Electronics Contact Cleaner with Silicone. The advantage is that the contact cleaner will remove any built-up grunge and oxide on your connections, and the silicon lubricant will allow easy plugging and unplugging as well as protect the contacts from future oxidation.
You can also use straight silicone spray from companies such as CRC. Just remember silicone spray by itself won’t clean oxidation from your contacts, only protect them if they’re not already corroded.
Hope this information helps…
Let’s play safe out there….
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