May 08 , 2016
Sponsored by WD-40 EZ-REACH™
Toward the end of winter, the doors on my minivan get harder and harder to open. In years past, I’ve had to spray the track rollers every spring with WD-40 just to get the door moving again. The problem is getting lube into the rollers without spraying extra lube all over the roof and interior of the van. That’s a real mess to clean up. I can bend the normal plastic straw a bit, just not enough to aim the spray exactly where I need it. This year I saw that WD-40 Company came out with the WD-40 EZ-REACH™ container with an 8-in. flexible straw that bends in all directions and retains its shape. That’s just what I needed. It’s only a few bucks more than its regular spray can, so I picked up a can at The Home Depot to try on my minivan doors.
I started at the bottom track rollers to get the hang of it. The bottom roller is tucked up inside the track, and there’s a plastic chain link wiring harness in the way. I threaded the flexible nozzle under the wiring harness and then bent the tip up and toward the roller. Then I gave it a few quick shots. It worked exactly as I’d hoped. Then I lubed the upper track roller. Same thing-lubed exactly where I needed it without overspray. Both doors now slide freely and I didn’t have any cleanup work afterward.
Tasting success, I moved on to lube the hinges on my car doors. I probably could have done this job with the regular spray can and straw. But the new EZ-REACH straw allowed me to aim the flexible straw around the corner and get myself out of the line of fire from the rebound spray. It went off without a hitch.
So far I haven’t found any other projects that require a straw that twists and bends like the EZ-REACH straw. But since it delivers lube just like the regular WD-40 flip-up plastic straw, I’ll keep this can in my garage. I can use it on my minivan doors and all other spray lubrication projects.
— Rick Muscoplat, Contributing Editor