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Posted: 11/18/09 02:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking through the op instructions it mentions lubricating 3 items on the antenna.

1) The elevating gear.
2) The bearing surface between the rotating gear housing and the base plate.
3) The rubber quad ring.

I can see how to lube #1 & #2, but how do you get to #3 the rubber quad ring? Do you have to take out the worm gear assembly?

Anybody have experience doing this?


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Annually, I squirt a abundance of WD-40 on anything that looks like a hinge or friction point on our Wineguard antenna. WD-40 will it's way down into anything that moves. Our antenna has alway's worked like a charm.

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page 5 is where the lubrication instruction appears in the guide.
my other advice is to put silicone grease on the underside of the 'boot' that the cable passes through. in all my years that has been where I've had a leak, and easily cured



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I just sprinkle a little light weight machine oil around the inner parts and use flake graphite to lube the outer ones (don't ever want to get petroleum products on the roof if you have rubber). Never paid much attention to just WHAT I was lubing but everything would work very smoothly when I finished


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The manual says to remove the shaft/worm gear to lube. I have found that by removing the top plastic nut on the shaft and using a tube extension on the spray grease, you can hit the plate where the rubber seal seats and that lubes it. Doug

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Thanks for the replies.

I was just concerned about lubing the rubber washer because the manual says it will keep it from drying out and causing a leak. I guess when I lube the gear it will spread to the washer.

Well aware of petroleum products and rubber roofs. Will just use pure silicone as indicated in the instructions.

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Posted: 11/22/09 05:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I didn't see it in the instructions but look for a small black rubber plug on the top. Remove it and spray silicone in the hole. That is how you lubricate the sealing o-ring. Be sure to reinstall the rubber plug so water does not get in.


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I stuffed mine full of dielectric grease years ago and forgot about it.


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Posted: 11/22/09 03:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

crickeydog wrote:

Annually, I squirt a abundance of WD-40 on anything that looks like a hinge or friction point on our Wineguard antenna. WD-40 will it's way down into anything that moves.


DO NOT use WD-40! Only silicon spray is to be used.

Direct from the Winegard website...

You will want to lubricate the quad ring 3-4 times each year to keep it from getting brittle. To lubricate this ring just spray the gear housing on the roof with a silicone spray lubricant. DO NOT use WD-40 as it is a solvent and will eat your gears.


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Posted: 11/22/09 03:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

See page 5 for detailed lubrication instructions...

Winegard operation manual

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