We received the following question from a customer. Our answer is below: I own an RDC for the New Haven line. It is a beauty and runs great. My question is if necessary how do you lube it??? Thanks, John
The Budd RDCs from AZL are just great! As with most AZL products, they are pretty much maintenance free. The gears are essentially self lubricating. I very rarely oil any of my AZL equipment. The only time I consider it is if I start hearing a lot of gear noise. Even then, I only put a very small amount of oil in the truck gearing. Over oiling a locomotive is a big concern. Too much oil can bind the gearing and damage motors especially if the gears can’t move. Also, oil will spread through the locomotive and interfere with the electrical pickup. Less is more in this case. The only really maintenance you will want to do is keep the wheels clean. Clean wheels will lead to good operations.
As we are speaking of oiling (despite of the fact I was not the customer with the initial question), which reference of lubricant (Labelle ? ) would You suggest for all AZL's, and is "Contalube" a good choice for the inner surface of the wheels, where the wipers are ?
Correct. I am referring to oiling gears and the mechanism. Labelle 108 is one very good oil to use.
Conductalube is actually outside of this. When using Conductalube, it can really help electrical contact. I recommend applying a small amount where electrical contacts are made. One key area is where the wipers from the trucks make contact to the strips on the chassis. It is not meant to lubricate gears and such.