An occasional cleaning and lubrication of body parts will keep them operating smoothly and quietly and prevent rusting.
HOOD LOCK, RELEASE MECHANISM, & SAFETY CATCH
Use chassis grease on these parts. Sparingly apply grease to all the sliding contact areas of the latch and release lever and to the ends of the hood lock release links (on models with an inside hood release). Work lubricant into the lock mechanism until all rubbing surfaces are coated. Apply a film of grease to the pivot contact areas of the safety catch.
HOOD HINGES & DOOR HINGES
Use engine oil on all link or hinge pivots and Lubriplate® to the gear teeth and sliding contact areas. Use engine oil on the door hinges. Apply oil to the lower hinge spring ends and contact areas.
Apply a thin film of Lubriplate® on the key and insert it into the lock. Operate the key in the lock cylinder several times and then remove the key and wipe off any excess lubricant. Apply engine oil to the door lock ratchet and striker bolt.
STATION WAGON LIFTGATE
Sparingly apply engine oil to the liftgate hinge pivot pins. Do not lubricate the hydraulic lift props. Use a stainless wax lubricant on the liftgate latch striker plate and bolt.