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Mazda 1991 Campervan: Roof very hard to close. Is lubrication of springs required? Regards Peter

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Springs are just springs --they stretch or contract and have no sliding parts
check for hinges, sliding sections where the lubrication may be dry or dirty
lubricate initially with wd-40 and then with white grease

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