We assist automotive seating component manufacturers to improve their product performance, reliability and functional  life. Lubricating seat tracks, control cables, lumbar actuators, position motors, reclining mechanisms, headrest posts and power seat switches, thereby adding tangible value to the finished automotive seat.

Seating Noise Issues

In addition to the product identified in the above image, we offer product for the prevention of noise associated with automotive seating – leather on plastic, leather on leather, vinyl/PU on plastic, metal on plastic. We can assist with eliminating noise generated by all material combinations in automotive interior trim using products from the LIP Antifriction Coating range and the Nye Lubricants damping grease range.

Lumbar Actuator

Both the driver and passenger seat contain lumbar support systems that adjust to desired comfort levels. Lubricating the gears in the lumbar actuator will reduce noise and friction. Lumbar Actuator – Rheolube 365F.


The headrest sliding parts stay at rest for long periods – a difficult duty for a grease, which can tend to get squeezed out of the surfaces that are in contact. Additionally, any lubricant used in a headrest application cannot emit odour or be visible. Metallic headrest post/stem lubrication is a tough challenge – a lubricant most not be tacky or wet to the the touch. Headrest Posts – AC612/21. Headrest Pivot – Uniflor 8472.

Seat Position Motors

With as many as three motors underneath the seat, transmission should exhibit efficient power-transfer capability yet never leak, drip or stain. A PTFE fortified, synthetic hydrocarbon grease is a proven formula for gears inside the seat transmission house. Seat Motor Gearbox – Rheolube 363F.

Control Cables

Control cables actuate all seat movements and can be under high loads and constant cycling. A lubricant will improve cable efficiency by reducing friction, allowing the cable to move under a broad range of operating condition in a quick, smooth manner. Control Cables – Fluorocarbon Gel 990A.

Reclining Mechanisms

Seat recliner mechanisms must be able to move forward and backward with a smooth, controlled motion. A properly selected lubricant that stays in place will ensure a quality feel of operation when passengers either manually or automatically adjust the angle of the back, while also reducing noise generated by vibration and friction from the reclining mechanisms. Recliner Mechanisms – Uniflor 8172.

Power Seat Switches

Adjusting the angles and position of a seat requires the use of a switch to activate seat motors. These sliding contact switches require a lubricant that exhibits wear protection, corrosion resistance and good plastic compatibility. Switches – Rheolube 362F.

Seat Tracks

Lubricating seat tracks is an aesthetic and mechanical challenge. When seats are pushed completely forward or back, a portion of the track is sometimes exposed, so neutral or translucent coloured greases are preferred. Because of the track proximity to seat fabric and carpeting, the grease cannot stain or leak oil (know as oil separation). Finally the seat track assembly has to allow for play without rattling or vibrating at high speeds. Seat Tracks – Rheotemp 662 or Nyogel 774L (depends on seat track design).

Get in contact with us to discuss the correct lubricant for your seating device/part.

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