Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1967-1988 Repair Guide

Body Lubrication and Maintenance



Glass Surfaces

All glass surfaces should be kept clean at all times for safe driving. You should use a window cleaner, the same cleaner you use on windows in your home. Use caution and never use an abrasive cleaners, this will cause scratching to the window surfaces.

Exterior Care

Your truck is exposed to all kinds of corrosive effects from nature and chemicals. Some of these are road salt, oils, rain, hail and sleet just to name a few. To protect not only the paint and trim, but also the many exposed mounts and fixtures, it is important to wash your vehicle often and thoroughly. After washing, allow all surfaces to drain and dry before parking in a closed garage. Washing may not clean all deposits off your truck, so you may need additional cleaners. When using professional cleaners, make sure they are suitable for acrylic painted surfaces, chrome, tires etc.. These supplies can be purchased in your local auto parts store. You also should wax and polish your vehicle every few months to keep the paint in good shape.


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Clean the latch surfaces and apply clean engine oil to the latch pilot bolts and the spring anchor. Also lubricate the hood hinges with engine oil. Use a chassis grease to lubricate all the pivot points in the latch release mechanism.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Hood latch and hinge lubrication points


See Figures 2, 3 and 4

The gas tank filler door and truck doors should be wiped clean and lubricated with clean engine oil once a year. The door lock cylinders and latch mechanisms should be lubricated periodically with a few drops of graphite lock lubricant or a few shots of silicone spray.

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Fig. Fig. 2: Door lubrication points

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Fig. Fig. 3: Tailgate lubrication points

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Fig. Fig. 4: Liftgate lubrication points