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Please, throw the WD-40 as far away from the locomotive as possible.

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WD-40?? WD-40 lasts about 6 days no matter what you apply it to. I have used it for many years successfully on loosening old car nuts and bolts. Usually soaking and tapping the part more than once over several days... As a lube, it's good for a temporary fix. I would never use it as an oil lube for a model train...
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WD-40?? WD-40 lasts about 6 days no matter what you apply it to. I have used it for many years successfully on loosening old car nuts and bolts. Usually soaking and tapping the part more than once over several days... As a lube, it's good for a temporary fix. I would never use it as an oil lube for a model train...

Originally posted by walt - October 25 2020 :  6:39:20 PM



I've had more than one engine arrive over oiled. My Santa Fe GP20 just smoked out a motor, but I was able to take it apart, clean it, and get it to run again. Sellers shouldn't oil locomotives if they don't know what they're doing.

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Good poster! This is important
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That had me roaring with laughter! Should also be a poster for
"Friends don't let friends buy Power Torques!"
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my friend has been lubing my locos with STP oil
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That had me roaring with laughter! Should also be a poster for
"Friends don't let friends buy Power Torques!"

Originally posted by Chops124 - October 25 2020 :  8:09:41 PM



Chops and Powertorques seem to go together like water and oil.

I've been happy with mine overall. I hate having to work on them, but it's pretty easy overall. When you keep them in the right amount of oil and keep the wheels and contacts clean, then they usually go okay.

The one thing about powertorques that is that they aren't designed to move a mountain. I never try to pull more than 3-5 free-rolling cars plus caboose with mine. The less stress you put on that pinion and drive train, the better off you're likely going to be.

My only rant about them is the headlight setup is garbage. I've broken way more lights than I ever want to thanks to the poor mountings and wirings.
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I was messing with some locomotives that had been worked on by someone whose workmanship I'd not swear by. There was one engine that smoked for a few seconds and then started running. I think it was an over-oiled motor burning off the excess oil and then it was ready to go. It wasn't a power torque. Might have been an older Bachmann.
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I am a big fan of the PowerTorque motor, and had Tyco done a better quality job, they honestly would have made an unbeatable chassis setup, that already was strong and unlike most other model train manufacturers of the time, easy to maintenance. Most older HO-Scale locomotives require you to loosen screws, etc, just to access the gears, whereas with a Tyco PowerTorque, all you have to do is pop out the truck, clean/lube the gears, and then pop it back in. A great idea, but it was the poor quality which unfortunately cursed the PowerTorque design.
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Power torques are good for beginners like me they are pretty easy to work on and understand my examples of power torques are thankfully in good condition
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I remember deliberately over oiling our slot cars years ago! They would sputter and spit burning off the excess oil then run like a greyhound for a while. And that odor was soo cool back then!
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my friend has been lubing my locos with STP oil

Originally posted by microbusss - October 25 2020 :  9:42:04 PM



Sounds cool but I think that would be an awful heavy oil for model trains, unless STP makes a hobby oil that I don't know about.
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