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Saitek st290 Lube

Hi, i have a question concerning the use of oils/lube to grease up the joystick to smoothen it out. Is this possible, if so, does the oil matter?

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I'm going to assume that you're refering to the central spring slider on the stick. The spring follower at the base has to slide up and down the shaft to provide spring pressure as the stick moves away from center. This plastic follower has a tendancy to gall the plasic it slides over on the stick shaft resulting in jerky stick movement. You can solve this problem with any wax based lubricant. I used a chapstick, but there are sprayable wax lubes that would be easier to apply, you can find them at hardware stores. Be careful with oils. Plastics are made from oil and the wrong ones will disolve it. WD-40 is a safe oil but use it sparingly and only on the shaft. Avoid using penetrating or cutting oils, they will disolve the plastic. You should test any oil on a foam coffee cup.
The stick's internal gimbals are already well greased and don't need relubed and the throttle is supposed to be a little stiff. I've had good results with both WD-40 and waxes. The waxes are a little harder to apply but last much longer

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I believe that the writer is referring to the actual rotating ball and cover sleeve assembly. I am having the same issues with a grinding sound and the smooth action is going away in certain directions. Will try the chap stick solution first...... sounds reasonable...... was considering petroleum jelly but the plastic/oil issue was in mind. Got some silicone gas stopcock valve grease but there is a disagreement in silicone and black rubber which is partially oil based so maybe the chap stick can provide a solution.
Will lift the spring and "slider" up for access to the ball assembly and try daubing on with a q-tip to the ball assembly itself.
IO mention the ball assembly because I have just disassembled the entire unit and found dry areas on the plastic-plastic sections...

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