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Old 02-11-2017, 16:55   #1
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Maintaining O rings

Recently got a leak in new rudder bushings which use O rings on the top . The bearings had been on the boat uninstalled for several years before use . Turns out the O rings harden in the high heat of the tropics . I have purchased new ones . I want to keep them pliable with Vaseline or some thing . Any ideas
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Old 02-11-2017, 17:47   #2
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Re: Maintaining O rings

You need to up-grade to a better O ring. The newer fluorine rubber O rings are it.
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Re: Maintaining O rings

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Old 02-11-2017, 19:53   #4
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Maintaining O rings

Regular ole O rings have a life of five years if kept in their sealed packages.
So sayeth the Military and I think the FAA although I canít quote chapter and verse.
In particular itís ozone that will rot them the quickest.
Depending on type of material Vaseline or any other petroleum product could be very bad.

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I have had very, very good luck with Viton O rings in scuba applications. All I have are brown in color, had to miss that.
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Re: Maintaining O rings

Neoprene orings have a shortish life exposes to the air. The answer is a different compound. Something like nitrile or Alfas will last longer, especially when stored in a light blocking sealed plastic bag
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Re: Maintaining O rings

Recommended O-Ring Shelf life
5 years: Polyurethane (millable), SBR, Natural Rubber, Polybutadine, Polyisoprene
15 years: Nitrile, Neoprene, HNBR, Polyacrylate, Butyl
Unlimited: Ethylene Propylene, Fluorocarbon, Perfluorinated Elastomer, Silicone, Tetrafluoroethylene Propylene (Aflasģ), Fluorosilicone.

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