New Spray Lubricant Straw Bends and Twists to Reach into Tight Places

 

Sponsored by WD-40 EZ-REACH

 

Toward the end of winter, the doors on my minivan get harder and harder to open. In years past, I’ve had to spray the track rollers every spring with WD-40 just to get the door moving again. The problem is getting lube into the rollers without spraying extra lube all over the roof and interior of the van. That’s a real mess to clean up. I can bend the normal plastic straw a bit, just not enough to aim the spray exactly where I need it. This year I saw that WD-40 Company came out with the WD-40 EZ-REACH container with an 8-in. flexible straw that bends in all directions and retains its shape. That’s just what I needed. It’s only a few bucks more than its regular spray can, so I picked up a can at The Home Depot to try on my minivan doors.

 

New Spray Lubricant Straw Bends and Twists to Reach into Tight Places

 

I started at the bottom track rollers to get the hang of it. The bottom roller is tucked up inside the track, and there’s a plastic chain link wiring harness in the way. I threaded the flexible nozzle under the wiring harness and then bent the tip up and toward the roller. Then I gave it a few quick shots. It worked exactly as I’d hoped. Then I lubed the upper track roller. Same thing—lubed exactly where I needed it without overspray. Both doors now slide freely and I didn’t have any cleanup work afterward.

 

New Spray Lubricant Straw Bends and Twists to Reach into Tight Places

 

Tasting success, I moved on to lube the hinges on my car doors. I probably could have done this job with the regular spray can and straw. But the new EZ-REACH straw allowed me to aim the flexible straw around the corner and get myself out of the line of fire from the rebound spray. It went off without a hitch.

 

New Spray Lubricant Straw Bends and Twists to Reach into Tight Places

 

So far I haven’t found any other projects that require a straw that twists and bends like the EZ-REACH straw. But since it delivers lube just like the regular WD-40 flip-up plastic straw, I’ll keep this can in my garage. I can use it on my minivan doors and all other spray lubrication projects.

 

— Rick Muscoplat, Contributing Editor