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AFTER HURRICANE ANDREW, KEEP EQUIPMENT FROM GOING UNDER

 AFTER HURRICANE ANDREW, KEEP EQUIPMENT FROM GOING UNDER
 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Automobile engines, garden equipment, tools and sporting gear are often mechanical victims of hurricanes, heavy rains or flooding. According to relief experts, dirt and moisture can cause irreparable damage if immediate emergency action is not taken. The following is sound advice to resurrect and protect flooded equipment:
 Stalled automobile engines: Steam clean or flush an engine to remove all dirt and debris. Spray WD-40 on the distributor, rotor, plug caps and all electrical wiring, including battery terminals and cables. Allow the WD-40 to dry, then start the car;
 Electric motors (including lawn mowers, weed cutters, trimmers): Flush dirt and debris out with fresh water and then spray entire motor, inside and out, with WD-40. Allow WD-40 to evaporate for a couple of hours. If bearings are dirt-free, run motor for an hour at no load before returning to service;
 Machinery: Flush dirt and debris out with fresh water. Saturate all surfaces with WD-40. Disassembly is needed if dirt could have gotten to bearings or mated machined surfaces;
 Bicycles, golf clubs, tools, fishing gear: Flush as soon as possible with fresh water. Apply generous amounts of WD-40 on all moving parts and surface areas to remove all traces of moisture. Allow to dry and return to storage; and
 Locks, rusty hinges: Flush both with generous amounts of WD-40 to remove corrosion. Locks that have been treated with graphite, silicone or teflon may be gummy. If so, flush out with additional amounts of WD-40. Allow time to dry.
 For more information contact Louis Repaci at WD-40 Co. at 619-275-1400.
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 /CONTACT: Becky Heyl or Elizabeth McRae of Phillips-Ramsey, 619-688-5224/ CO: WD-40 Co. ST: California IN: HOU SU:


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