Make Your Own Cable and Chain Lube

One of my buddies who is a Mercedes Benz mechanic told me that Automatic Transmission Fluid is used by MBZ dealerships as linkage lube and for cable lube.

So I decided to give it a try. I went down to the local Wally World and picked up a quart of ATF for about $1.72. Then I got out one of my old contact lens solution bottles and headed out to the garage.

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Popped off the top of the bottles and started pouring.

I then tested it on some brake cables…

And on the chain…

This actually worked pretty well and its alot cheaper than spending up to $10 for lube. Heck, a whole quart will last me for years!

About the author

RL Policar is an avid mountain biker and the Editor In-Chief of MtnBikeRiders.com and BikeCommuters.com. Between the two sites, he's published well over 4,000 articles (and growing).