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Old 04-13-2020, 05:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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silicone or other synthetic oil will do, there are synthetic car oils which might be good, although they have some additives. Best wishes from indoors, Zubi
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Thanks guys.
I replaced all the plastic wheels with others that are newer from cars that arenít used much. 95%+ of the squeal is gone... So, maybe not the most scientific way to diagnose the issue but itís must be something with the wheels. I guess if I switched to all metal wheels it would further improve and make the fix last longer?
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From my experience running a storefront Christmas display using single axle cars, if you donít prevent the skewing of the single axle cars after exiting a curved section of track, you will either wear the plastic wheels or grind the rail with metal wheels.
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Interesting... my ceiling track is an oval and mostly happens only on to 2 axels. Yes, it must be the skew! Would any lube help the skew on that 1/2” circle pivot point I imagine the light weight is a contributing factor. So maybe I won’t go to metal wheels thus harming the track....
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Old 04-14-2020, 12:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Don't use Vaseline it isn't plastic compatible, use one that is
Oh yes? Mine (pure petroleum jelly) never causes any problems. Do you have a strange variety?
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Old 04-14-2020, 12:06 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I recomend putting meatl wheels on everything, adds weight for better tracking. We sell hundreds of the ones from USA trains, Bachmann also sell very well for a lower cost.
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Old 04-14-2020, 03:53 PM   #17 (permalink)
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A quick fix, use a wire tie around the buffer and the coupler hook.
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Old 04-14-2020, 11:54 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Read this thread on the "steering" upgrade for LGB 2 axle cars, and some inexpensive ways of doing yourself with a wire (inexpensive)


https://www.gscalecentral.net/thread...ol-kit.314299/


Explains why and what happens.


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Old 04-16-2020, 09:58 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Hi Gregg,
My first recommendation would be metal wheelsets. I had one gondola that I frequently ran that was awaiting metal wheels. Almost all my other stock already has metal wheels. I know the wheel squeal you are talking about! The more the wagon ran (and plastic wheels wore) the worse the squeal became. I finally replaced the wheels with metal ones about two weeks ago. To paraphrase the late B.B. King - the squeal is gone.
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