Caring For Your Zippo Lighter

October 31st, 2010 no comment

For starters, the finish is not covered by the lifetime guarantee. Remember that when caring for your Zippo.

According to Zippo, your lighter will last for years following these tips:
Stick to genuine Zippo fluid and Zippo parts for worry free performance from Zippo lighters, as they are specifically designed for Zippos.
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Be sure lighter is filled with fuel before attempting to ignite. Also, make sure the wick is wound around the cotton packing, which is located on the inside of the lighter mechanism.

Unjamming the flint wheel of a Zippo Lighter
Another concern when caring for your Zippo is the jammed flint wheel. See if the flint is touching the flint wheel. If so, try using a very thin piece of metal and insert it under the wheel – see if that will loosen it. If the flint jammed the flint tube, remove the flint spring and then try sliding an unfolded paper clip or a very small drill bit down the flint tube and moving it around. Turn the lighting mechanism right side up and tap it firmly on a hard, protected surface to remove loosened material.

How to remove the insert from your Zippo Lighter
With one hand hold open the lighter case by the hinge and opposing edges. Using the other hand, pull the lighter insert straight up and remove it from the case. Lift felt pad to reveal the packing material where the fuel is stored. Grab a can of Zippo lighter fluid and saturate the packing material taking care not to overfill. Now replace the insert back into the case. Wipe the lighter down with a soft cloth taking care not to scratch the lighter. Close the container of lighter fluid and store it in a safe place.

How to Replace The Flint on your Zippo lighter
Follow the instructions for removing the insert. Unscrew the capscrew that holds the spring and the flint from the bottom of the lighter insert, taking care to hold spring and screw firmly when screw is released. Remove screw and attached spring. Remove remaining flint from tube. Place new flint in tube and replace spring and screw. Tighten screw completely, so the lighter will close correctly. If wheel binds after new flint is installed, turn the wheel backward a few times.

Trimming the wick
Pull up the wick with pliers until clean wick appears. Cut it even with the top of the chimney. Close lid.

How to Zippo-Tattoo-Handreplace the wick
Follow instructions for removing the insert. Unscrew the capscrew securing the flint spring, taking care to hold the spring and screw firmly when screw is released, otherwise – BOING!!!! – you will lose the screw and the spring. Remove the felt pad and set aside. Using a pair of tweezers, remove all the rayon packing from the fuel storage chamber. Thread a new wick down the chimney, pulling through with the tweezers. Replace the rayon packing in small pieces, making sure to interweave the wick between the packing. Replace the felt pad, flint and flint spring and capscrew. Tighten screw completely, so the lighter closes correctly. Cut the wick even with the top of the chimney.
TIP: Keep extra flints stored under the felt pad.

Replacing the rayon batt which is in contact with the wick
Cotton balls can be used to pack the insert of your lighter. You will need five cotton balls for a regular sized lighter and four for the slim Zippos. Follow instructions for removing the lighter insert from the case. Unscrew the flint capspring, taking care not to let the spring fly when screw is released. Remove felt pad and set aside.

Remove all of the packing from the insert. Replace packing in small pieces, interweaving the wick between the packing. Replace felt pad, flint and flint spring and screw. Tighten screw completely, so the lighter will close correctly.


Depending on your Zippo windproof lighter, you might require special care to keep it looking new. Refer to the instructions included with every Zippo lighter for caring for your Zippo.

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