Originally Posted by Classic Vans
Still a shot of grease would have solved all issues???
I don't think so in most cases. We had the plain steel/plated slides in our 190 Chevy, and of course they corroded and stuck. I got them loose, cleaned and greased the moving parts and they stuck again in a year as the grease works it's way out around the balls and track very quickly. The only way that I could get them to continue working after cleaning was to totally cover all the surfaces with a thick layer of grease to keep out moisture and grit. When they got full of grit, I would wipe off the outside grease and reapply as the grease left was still clean. If you have ungreased slides they will corrode and if you grease them they will get grit in them and lock up, especially in a ventilated box in behind the rear wheel like ours were. Fully covering them with grease is very messy, though.
When I upgraded our batteries and made a new box for them, I used stainless steel slides with a bit of greaseless lube and never had an issue with them.