How To: Clean and Lubricate Cams (VIDEO)

Return your cams to like-new with this step-by-step guide on how to clean and lubricate the lobes.


Supplies Needed

  • Cams, the Grimy Ones
  • WD-40
  • Medium Pot of Boiling Water
  • Paper Towels

Step-by-step Guide

  1. Gather all supplies (listed above)
  2. To pot of boiling water, stir cam lobes to remove excess dirt and grime. Be careful to only soak and stir the metal lobes.
  3. Allow cam lobes to air dry for 30 minutes.
  4. Spray WD-40 on cam lobes, working the trigger to allow lubricant to work its way into the lobes.
  5. After allowing WD-40 to sit on cam lobes for 10-minutes, remove excess lubricant with a paper towel. Excess lubricant will attract dirt and grime, so this is a critical step.
  6. Relish in the glory of your like new cams.


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Raised in the ocean lined landscape of Southern California, Ilana now calls the rocky mountains of Colorado home. Ilana is a mother to an adventurous daughter, an accomplished rock and ice climber, skier, snowboarder, mountain distance runner, avid adventurer, and a Registered Trauma Nurse. A recent, near fatal accident in May, 2018, has left Ilana with a new disability; bringing her biggest life challenge to head, adapting to continue her pursuit of long, hard days in the mountains and share it with the generations to come. Ilana is the founder of Thrillseekers Anonymous, a seasoned event speaker, and has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

Ilana has written 119 articles for Thrillseekers Anonymous.

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