How to reduce tension in an old toy's ratchet joint?

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  1. SemiOmegaPrime

    SemiOmegaPrime Well-Known Member

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    Hi Guys, I was wondering if there is a way to reduce tension in a ratchet joint?

    I have an old Star Saber and moving his arm at the shoulder feels like I'm going to break the arm or the main body.
     
  2. Soundblaster1

    Soundblaster1 The Heisenberg of Toys

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    Is there a screw you can loosen?
     
  3. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    I know this will sound crazy, but baby oil. I found a G1 Horribull with an intact hinge on the beast head. It was crazy tight though and I just KNEW it would break on the first transform. So I wasn't going to buy it. The lady that worked at this comic shop said baby oil would fix it. So she poured a little bit on the hinge, and slowly worked the head back and forth as far as it would go easily. After a minute or so, the head moves back and forth with no problems, even to this day ( I bought it after she did this ).
     
  4. SemiOmegaPrime

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    Just an update, I found a post on the 'Hercules "fixes" Megatread' and found mention of Tamiya Molybdenum Grease, and from what I've gathered it was safe on plastics. I tried it on my Star Saber's ratchet joins and it dramatically alleviated the problem.

    The ratcheting still works and has sufficient tension but not to the point I was using excessive force on a 24 year old toy!
     
  5. QmTablit

    QmTablit Disguise: Check. Robot...

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    Yeah, sometimes ratchet joints just need a new coating of lube. Baby oil works, but it isn't permanent. That grease, as pointed out above, works best as a more long term fix as it's the same stuff that's applied at the factory.
     
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    is babyoil safe to use on the plastics? being a petroleum by-product and all.


    edit - never mind, i'm an idiot, baby oil came in plastic bottles.
     
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    This question is gonna sound like the question of a complete idiot (which it is), but does this solution work for modern toys? Since all the ones mentioned aren't, I was unsure if I could use this to fix my Armada Unicron's loose knee. (It probably can and I'm just being stupid asking this dumb question)
     

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