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So I will be running a Spectrum Consolidation & Side Tank Porter for thefirst time. Can I run the engines straight from the box or do I have to lube them before hand?
What is the usual maintance schedule for lubing an engine? The Consolidation did have a manual with the lubing points. The porter did not come with instructions.

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Ralph
 

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I've found "new" Bachmann locomotives to be well lubed. If I recall, Bachmann suggests oiling after every 10 hours.

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Go over the entire loco and tighten/check ALL accessible screws, especially coupler mounts. Both of my spectrums were notoriously bad for loose screws. I still have to get a part of the front coupler assembly on the 2-truck shay from Bachmann -found part of it on the track but not the machine screw and retainer plate that holds it all together. /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/sad.gif
 

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The instructions that came with my Connie recommended lubricating it before the initial run.  So is it possible to over lubricate?
 

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Posted By work4fil on 01/12/2008 6:23 PM
  So is it possible to over lubricate?


maybe it might attract more dirt than normal
 

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Too much lubrication where it BELONGS is not a problem.  But, generally, keeping "too much" where it belongs is not possible.  Thus it gets where it does not belong.
Lubrication on wheel treads, especially the drive wheel treads is a bad thing, the wheels will slip and the engine won't pull its train.
Lubrication is generally sticky (the IDEAL lubrication sticks to everything except itself, [think about it]) so it will hold any dirt that gets in it.  If you get dirt in the excess lubrication, it will get carried into areas where you don't want dirt, like the areas that you want to be lubricated.  Dirt is a "grit" that will scar the bearing material, which is wear, which is the opposite of what the lubrication is supposed to be doing.
Dirt makes the lubrication thicker which increases the friction and makes it harder for the lubricated parts to move in relation to each other, thus it is harder for the locomotive to pull the train.
It is not really possible to "over lubricate" but it is also not possible to keep the excess lubrication from having bad side effects.

It is best to apply oil in small amounts at the places where parts rub and while doing so have a clean rag in the other hand to wipe excess oil away so that it does not get where it should not be.
 

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I also recommend Labelle 106 plastic compatible lubricating grease instead of the pink Bachmann stuff. Use the pink Bachmann stuff and you'll quickly understand why you need to replace it daily.
 
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